Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Madagascar and Ivory Coast go head to head at Barikadimy Stadium in the fourth round of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Madagascar aim to get their revenge on Ivory Coast for a 2-1 loss at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, and we are positive that the hosts will stick to their attacking style of play. The Elephants picked up vital three points from their last league match, with Gervinho and Haller finding the net, but Patrice Beaumelle’s troops need to keep on raising their form if they are to secure qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Wilfried Zaha did not join the squad due to family duties, while Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia is likely to miss the game through injury. Anyhow, given Madagascar’s attacking potential, yet another lively contest is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Romain Métanire):
Born in Metz, France on March 28. 1990, Romain Metanire is a defender, who plays for Minnesota United in the Major League Soccer. Metanire started his senior career at Metz and after playing for the likes of Kortrijk and Reims, he moved to United States of America.
The 178-cm tall footballer made his debut for the Loons on March 3, 2019 in a 3-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps in the opening match of the season. Despite being born in France, Romain Metanire represents Madagascar on the international stage. He made his debut for the national team in a 2-2 draw with Senegal in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. His preferred foot is right and his main position is right-back.
Romain Metanire helped Reims secure automatic promotion to the Ligue 1 in the 2017/2018 season. Reims clinched top position in the Ligue 2 in style, 15 points clear Nimes, but the following season Metanire made only five appearances in the French elite division.
Highlighted Team (Ivory Coast):
Over the years Ivory Coast have established themselves as one of the best African teams. The Elephants won their second Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 2015, with the team beating Ghana in the final of the tournament. Ivory Coast defeated the Black Stars on penalties and it has to be noted that goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the winner.
A number of high-profile footballers played (or play) for the Ivory Coast national team, but, no doubt, the most notable players are Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho. Ivory Coast are well known for their orange kit, but they play their away games in green shirts and green shorts. Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny is regarded as the team’s home stadium.
Didier Zokora is the player with the most caps for the Ivory Coast national team (123), while aforementioned attacker Didier Drogba is the team’s top scorer (65 goals). Drogba is the symbol of the Ivory Coast football and the former Chelsea man played for the national team from 2002 to 2014.