Antananarivo Madagascar Sports
Mike's rugby journey through Madagascar is a fascinating story, as heartbreaking as it is hilarious. When it was time for me to take a look back at the history of rugby in Madagascar, it was a surprise to me that it wasn't football. It is unique, as is its role in helping the game on the island, best known from the animated series of the same name.
Madagascar is located on the east coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, and is home to thousands of plant and animal species that are not found anywhere else in the world. It is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, with more than 1,000 species of animals, plants and plants that are found nowhere else than on earth. Philip Boyle, the British Ambassador to Madagascar, estimates that 495,000 hectares of forest are lost in Madagascar each year and that most of this wet forest is projected to be lost by 2040.
In 2012, Madagascar came third in the World Cup and won the Fair Play Award for the highest number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) per capita in Africa and the world.
This would be the first time Madagascar has faced Côte d'Ivoire, Mozambique and Botswana, and this would be the game in which they prove they can compete with the best teams in Africa and the world in their respective countries. If that game plays a part, Madagascar can emulate the result against Ivorian Abidjan to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. They would be one of only three nations on the continent and the only African team with a record of at least one win in each of the last three World Cups, and the first nation to do so since South Africa in 2002.
In their first two games, Madagascar forgot a goal from an unknown source in Alexandria, and it would happen again if it happened again.
Nigeria used their substitutions to launch a comeback and, when the final whistle sounded, Madagascar had arguably one of the most remarkable upsets of the tournament. It was also an opportunity to take a look at the national team of Madagascar, which is ranked 41st in the world and is warming up for the Africa Cup of Nations. Victory was imperative for Madagascar as second place in their group meant they would meet defending champions Cameroon. Madagascar stayed in Alexandra to play their first game against Cameroon, the 1-1 draw, in front of a sell-out home crowd.
In close cooperation with the Madagascar Rugby Union, the Conquistadors will conduct training camps for the various clubs, which will take part in seven competitions at the national stadium. Get Rugby, Madagascar's national school rugby club, is active in the country's 22 rugby regions and is an integral part of the curriculum.
Get Rugby, Madagascar's national school rugby club, is active in the country's 22 rugby regions and is an integral part of the curriculum. The volleyball, handball and basketball teams are already champions in the Indian Ocean in large numbers, as are disabled athletes, and form a mainstay of the school curriculum.
In 2014, the Makis hosted the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifier in Antananarivo, securing their place in the tournament's group stage. They topped their group with a record win over South Africa and a second-place finish against New Zealand. When this tournament ended, Madagascar became Africa's version of Iceland, followed by a debut performance not seen in 23 years. Madagascar has made history and captured the hearts of people around the world with its appearance at the first international rugby tournament in its history.
They started with two opening wins, including a 1-0 home win against Ethiopia and a 6-2 win over Niger, and then a 2-0 win over South Africa.
After defeating Swaziland, Madagascar would face DR Congo, Zambia and Kenya in the group stage of the African Nations Cup. The draw on April 12, 2019, saw them face the winner of South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Zimbabwe. Madagascar began with a 2-1 win over Botswana in Lusaka and a 2-1 win over Zambia in Cape Town. They then played their qualifying matches at home against Botswana and then in the COSAFA Cup, where they recorded their best result in history.
Rija Rakotomandimby scored both goals in both legs Lalaina Henintsoa Nomenjanahary scored twice as Madagascar came from behind to win 10-2. Madagascar found itself in an impressive group that included eventual finalists South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and defending champion DR Congo.
Only Angola's Dani Massunguna denied Madagascar a place on his debut at the 2018 African Nations Cup. Makis hosted the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifier in Antananarivo in 2014 and secured a place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Ghana and a 1-1 draw against South Africa. Madagascar's next major qualifying campaign ended on a gut feeling - painful when they ended their bid to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Madagascar did not qualify particularly well for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and did not win any of the six qualifying matches. They qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2006 and again for the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2016 FIFA World Cup in 2010.