Madagascar vs DR Congo, Sunday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, 1/8 final stage, at Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt.
Madagascar is one of the biggest surprises of AFCON 2019, with the team reaching the last 16 by beating Burundi and Nigeria in their debut in this competition. The Bareas are very confident before this game with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Madagascar is making history in Egypt, where this competition is played, the team went on to the group stage without defeats (two wins and a draw).
Madagascar was a surprise in their last Group B game when they won 2-0 against defending champion Nigeria, with goals from Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamatsinoro, qualifying as winners of the group. Nicolas Dupuis men are moralized, after three games without losing, now want to continue forward for as long as possible. Carolus Andriamatsinoro has been one of the highlights of the Madagascar side with two goals.
The Democratic Republic of Congo in the last competitive match against Madagascar massacred them 6-1, but the way the teams are now, I do not believe they will get a similar result, because a place in the AFCON quarterfinals is in dispute between the two countries.
The Democratic Republic of Congo team were not on the favourites list, although they reached Egypt with a series of five unbeaten games (four draws and one win). They qualified for this stage as one of the top third-placed teams thanks to a 4-0 win against Zimbabwe in their last Group A game.
Florent Ibenge’s men have good quality in the attack, but their defence often makes blatant mistakes. Cedric Bakambu seems to be finally getting in shape and is likely to team up in the attack with Jonathan
Both Madagascar and DR Congo tend to have an open style of playing, always looking for the goal in offensive football. I think there will be some goals, but I will bet on the Congo.