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Madagascar Shocks Ghana In CHAN Opener, Claims 2-1 Victory


January 16, (THEWILL) – Madagascar made history on Sunday night, as they defeated Ghana 2-1 in their first ever game at the TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in the Algerian city of Constantine.

The game started brightly for Madagascar as forward Jean Yvon Razafindrakoto controlled the ball well in the Ghanaian penalty area to pass to Solomampionona Koloina Razafindranaivo who was in the right place at the right time and made no mistake in beating Dennis Nkrumah-Korsah to put the ball past Ghana goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad in the 11th minute.

Madagascar doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Augustine Randolf misplaced a back pass to Danlad that was picked up quickly by the attentive Tokinantenaina Olivier Randriantsiferana who slotted home.

Ghana’s substitute Augustine Agyapong curved a swinger from the right side of the field to catch the unaware and flat-footed Rakotohasimbola rooted on the spot to pull one back for Walker Annor’s side six minutes later.

In the end, Madagascar held on to win the game and register a historic victory that will be celebrated by their fans back home as they enter a new week on top of Group C at the TotalEnergies CHAN 2022, a tournament that they are playing in for the first time.