Madagascar Stuns Mozambique in Tournament Opener

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar October 31, 2018 13:25

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Madagascar Stuns Mozambique in Tournament Opener

By Satish Sekar in Polokwane © Satish Sekar (May 27th 2018)

Madagascar surprised former Portuguese international, Abel Xavier’s Mozambique, in the opening tie 2-1. Mozambican coach Xavier said the damage was done in the first half. Andriamirado Andrianarima opened the scoring after just 7 minutes. There was no further scoring in the first half. Xavier reorganised at half time, producing a better display in the second half, sharing those spoils.

Chasing an equaliser Mozambique put the pressure on, resulting in Luis Miquissone levelling 8 minutes into the second half, but within ten minutes had restored Madagascar’s lead.

Despite their best efforts Mozambique could not find another equaliser. With only team progressing to the knockout round Xavier knew that his team were now on the backfoot. Madagascar, meanwhile had produced an early shock, with power to add.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar October 31, 2018 13:25