Madagascar Defeats Comoros and Takes the Lead in World Cup 2026 Qualifying Group

Published on 07/06/2024 at 20:18, Updated on 07/06/2024 at 21:14

Madagascar has never participated in the World Cup.

In Johannesburg, Madagascar secured a valuable victory against Comoros on Friday (2-1). The Barea now sit at the top of Group I for the World Cup 2026 qualifiers.

The Barea continue to believe in their dream. By defeating Comoros (2-1), the Malagasy national team has taken the lead in Group I for the World Cup 2026 qualifiers in the African region. Madagascar relied on one of the most experienced players in the squad: Rayan Raveloson. The AJA Auxerre midfielder scored a brace (1st and 66th minute) before Comoros’ captain, El Fardou Ben, pulled one back in stoppage time (90th+4). The match took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, as the Mahamasina stadium in the Malagasy capital does not meet FIFA standards.

Madagascar now has 6 points, the same as Comoros and Ghana, but they lead the group due to goal difference. After 3 games played, Mali trails by 2 points behind the leading pack. The next match for Madagascar will be against Mali on Tuesday, June 11.

This upcoming match will once again be crucial for both nations, as only the group winner will secure a spot in the World Cup 2026, while the second-placed team will enter playoffs.