AFCON 2019 Match Preview: Madagascar vs DR Congo: Debutants eager to continue with fairytale run

Debutants Madagascar will look to continue with their dream tournament when they tackle DR Congo in the last 16 at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday.

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The Barea have been unbelievable at their first Africa Cup of Nations tournament, winning two of their group matches and getting a draw, including a shock 2-0 win over Nigeria, to top their group.

Nicolas Dupuis’ charges have however been dealt with a huge blow ahead of this encounter with news that Marco Ilaimaharitra will miss the match because of suspension. Ilaimaharitra scored the only goal of the match in their 1-0 win over Burundi and was key in his side stunning three-time former champions Nigeria.

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The Leopards on the other hand had a disastrous start to their campaign, losing by identical 2-0 scorelines to Uganda and Egypt respectively.

Florence Ibenge’s charges however came out alive in their 4-0 romp against Zimbabwe to seal passage to the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.

The two sides have clashed twice before with the DRC winning both ties, with the scores ending 6-1 and 2-1 respectively.