Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Saturday’s football game at Stade Municipal de Mahamasina pits together Madagascar and Ethiopia, the two teams who face each other at the start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. The Barea impressed at the 2019 AFCON finals, with the team making it to the quarter-finals of the tournament. Madagascar aim to, at least, repeat the success, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Ethiopia in the opening match of their 2021 AFCON qualifying campaign.
The Walia Ibex, on the other hand, are on a five-game winless run, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Madagascar’s party at Stade Municipal de Mahamasina. In previous two meetings between the two national teams Ethiopia emerged triumphant, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge. A man to watch in the home side will be Ludogorets midfielder Anicet Abel Andrianantenaina.
Highlighted Team (Madagascar):
Nicknamed the Barea, Madagascar are the African national team that affiliates to CAF (Confederation of African Football). Madagascar made their debut on the international stage in 1947, with the team suffering a 2-1 loss to Mauritius in front of home fans.
The Barea wear green shirts and green shorts when playing at home, whilst their away colours are red and white. Madagascar have never participate at the FIFA World Cup finals, but in 2019 they qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations.
The Barea were grouped with the likes of Nigeria, Burundi and Guinea, with the team making their debut at the tournament against the National Elephants. Speaking of Madagascar’s titles, the Barea did well to win two Indian Ocean Island Games (1990, 1993), with the team beating the likes of Mauritius and Reunion in the title games respectively. Madagascar are affiliated to both CAF (confederation) and COSAFA (sub-confederation).