Tunisia shoot down Madagascar to qualify AFCON 2019 semi-final slot #Uganda

AFCON 2019
(Quarter final 4):

Madagascar 0-3
Tunisia

Fejani Sassi, Youssef Msakni and second half substitute
Nam Sliti were on target as “The Eagles of Carthage” from Tunisia easily beat
debutants Madagascar during the final quarter final of AFCON 2019 at the Al
Salam Stadium in Cairo on Thursday night.

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Ironically, this was Tunisia’s first out-right win
of the tournament, after four draws in normal time.

The opening 45 minutes ended all square – goalless as
either side pushed for a break through that never arrived.

Tunisia looked dangerous for the better half of the
opening stanza.

A dangerous attack witnessed Sassi Ferjani curl the
ball over after 11 minutes.

Nine minutes later, Madagascar captain Faneva
Andriatsima, playing at Clermont Foot in France registered a shot on target
saved by the Algeria goalkeeper Hassen Mouez, also a player in France with Ogc
Nice.

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John Batanudde | Kawowo Sports Tunisia players race to celebrate their first goal

The closest moment for either sides to find the
break through arrived two minutes after the half hour mark.

Veteran Wahbi Khazri had a free-kick raze off the
cross bar after it was parried away by the goalkeeper Melvin Adrien for a fruit-less
corner kick.

Madagascar replied also immediately when their
roving right back Romain Metanire had a cross cum attempt on target well
handled by goalie Adrien.

There was a minute break when Tunisian midfielder
Ellyes Joris Khazri had a slight knock but he recovered well in time.

Overlapping right back Wajdi Kechrida had a decent
overlap before he shot the side netting as a the Eagles intensified their
raids.

With the half time recess eminent, it was Kechrida
again on the offensive.

A laid ball from the right flank found Joris’ tap that sailed out narrowly out of goal.

Moments after the second half returned, Tunisia scored.

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The effort by Khazri was however disallowed for
off-side by the first assistant referee Evarist Menkouande.

Five minutes later, the break through moment
arrived.

Ferjani Sassi scored with a heavy deflection to
give Tunisia the lead on 52 minutes.

Seven minutes later, Tunisian skipper Youssef Msakni registered the second goal on the night to virtually kill of the steam by the Islanders.

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John Batanudde | Kawowo Sports Lalaina Nomenjanahary pulls down skipper Youssef Msakni

Madagascar head coach Nicolas Dupuis then called
for a double change.

On came, Paulin Voavy and Jeremy Michel Morel to
ignite more fire power up front.

Meanwhile, Tunisia rested the largely effective
Msakin forDijon’s Nam Sliti on 66 minutes.

Later, Drager Muhammed was also introduced for
Ghaylen Chaaleli as Tunisia stabilized.

The third and final change for Madagascar saw Njvia
Tsilavina Martin Rakotoraimalala, a player at Samut Sakon in Thailand replace Belgium
based Marco Ilaimanharitra of Racing Club Charleroi.

Tunisia’s third and final change was for Sahel’s
Karim Aouadhi who replaced, Ferjani Sassi with 8 minutes to play.

Deep in added time, substitute Sliti finished off a
quick counter attack.

It was surely done and dusted as Tunisia celebrated their first win at this tournament during open play in style.

Tunisia will face West Africans Senegal at the 30th June Stadium on Sunday in the first semi –final.

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John Batanudde | Kawowo Sports Oussama Hadadi (shirt 5) closes down on Madagascar Lalaina Nomenjanaharay

Tunisia targets yet another trophy after their success in 2004.

During the second semi-final, Algeria will play
Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium.

The finals are ear-marked for Friday, 19th July 2019.

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Madagascar XI

Team Line Ups:

Madagascar XI:

Melvin Adrien (G.K), Romain Metanire, Jerome
Mombris, Thomas Fontaine,  Pasacal
Razakanantenaina, Anicet Andrianantenaina, Ibrahim Samuel Amada, Marco
Ilamaharitra, Charles Carlous Andriamahitsinor, Lalaina Henintsoa
Nomenjanahary, Faneva Ima Andriatsima (Captain)

Head Coach: Nicolas Dupuis (France)

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John Batanudde | Kawowo Sports Tunisia XI

Tunisia XI:

Hassan Mouez (G.K), Wadjdi kechrida, Hadadi
Oussama, Dylan Daniel Mahmoud Bronn, Yassine Meriah, Ellyes Joris Skhiri,
Ferjani Sassi, Ghaylen Chaaleli, Youssef Msakni (Captain), Taha Yassine
Khenissi, Wahbi Khazri

Head coach: Alain Jean Giresse (France)

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Alioum Alioum (Cameroon)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Guy Noupue Nguegoue (Cameroon)
  • Fourth Official: Eric Arnaud Otogo Castane (Gabon)
  • Commissioner: Kemel Tokabaev (Kazahastan)
  • General Coordinator: Amadeo Nguema Ondo Bindang (Equatorial Guinea)
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