Madagascar will be hoping to continue their fairytale run at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations when they face off with Tunisia in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Madagascar on their debut appearance at the Nations Cup have exceeded expectations. They qualified from the group stage as winners ahead of former champions Nigeria before beating DR Congo on penalties in the Round of 16.
For Tunisia, they struggled for form in the group phase as they qualified in second place with three points.
But they improved on their performance in the last 16 to eliminate four-time champions Ghana.
What is the kick-off time?
The match will start at exactly 19:00GMT
What is the form of Madagascar in comparison to Tunisia?
Madagascar are undefeated in the competition.
Tunisia are also unbeaten but haven’t won a game in regulation time.
Team News: Who is available, injured or suspended?
Madagascar: There are no injury or suspension concerns.
Tunisia: Alain Giresse’s men are all available for the game.
Alain Giresse: Madagascar plays brilliantly. The most important thing is to focus in front of an energetic opponent. We know them very well and we totally respect them as a team. We have to be at the top level and forget our previous performances. We are not complaining about anything, all we have to do is cope and prepare ourselves for the game.
Taha Yassine Khnissi: Our performance was not great in the beginning and we did realise that we talked together to improve our performance and here we are at the quarter-finals. Madagascar will not be easy, they’re very strong and the pressure will be on us. We have to perform well and qualify.
Nicolas Dupuis: We’re hoping to make the people back home happy and continue to the furthest point possible. The president came and supported us. Tunisia plays differently than other opponents and we will give everything to cope with them.
Carolus Andrea: We will try to do everything we can. It’s a huge challenge and we will try to face it with the best way possible. Tunisia is a very strong team and qualified to the quarter-finals deservedly. I promise a great match and we won’t be an easy catch for them.
Head to Head record
The two sides have met ten times with Tunisia winning seven and Madagascar winning three.
MADAGASCAR: M. Adrien, J. Mombris, T. Fontaine, P. Razakanantenaina, R. Métanire, I. Amada, Raveloson, Anicet, Andrea, F. Andriatsima, L. Nomenjanahary
TUNISIA: Moez Hassen, Rami Bedoui, Dylan Bronn, Yassine Meriah, Oussama Haddadi, Wajdi Kechrida, Ghaylene Chaalali, Youssef Msakni, Ellyes Skhiri, Anice Badri, Wahbi Khazri
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