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Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies

Madagascar reached its first African Cup of Nations on Tuesday, also becoming the first team to qualify for next year's continental championship.

Senegal and Egypt soon sealed their spots as well, despite playing without injured stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

This was Madagascar's 20th attempt at qualifying for the African Cup. After nearly 50 years of failures, the island nation finally succeeded courtesy of Njiva Rakotoharimalala's goal, which gave Madagascar a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea at home in Antananarivo. The team won three of its first four qualifiers and held Senegal to a 2-2 draw in the other.


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