AFCON 2019 qualifiers round-up: Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Madagascar reach finals

Africa Cup of Nations: Congratulatory messages from the world of football are pouring in following Madagascar’s maiden qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations

The quartet of countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and Madagascar have reached the 2019 African Cup of Nations finals.

Madagascar on their own part have made the AFCON for the first time by defeating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Vontovorona.

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26-year-old midfielder, Njiva Rakotoharimalala who plays his club football in the Asian country of Thailand netted the only goal.

They have thus tied down a spot in the finals that will see an expansion from 16 teams to 24.

The trio of Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia have now joined Madagascar in qualifying for the finals in Cameroon next June/July.

Madagascar’s triumph over the Equatorial Guineans moved them to ten points in Group A with two more games to prosecute.

Their matches, however, took place in Vontovorona after CAF hit the Madagascans with a ban.

The Confederation of African Football suspended them from using the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo for “three matches or three months”.

And that was in the wake of a stampede at the national stadium back in September of this very year.

That was when one person actually lost his life while as many as 40 others picked up series of injuries.

Madagascar have in the process of making it become the 40th different nation to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.

Egypt, Tunisia help each other to qualify while Senegal leave it late

Senegal left it late to get the win they needed in Sudan to land a ticket to the finals.

And the West African country actually made it through to the tournament in Cameroon together with Madagascar from the group.

Egypt and Tunisia helped one other to qualify for next year’s competition as the two nations won in Group J.

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