Honours for Madagascar at the African Nations Championship

There was double delight for Madagascar when two of their representatives at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria were honoured following the completion of the group stage.

Coach Romuald Rakotondrabe was named the best trainer in the pool phase after he led his side to wins over Ghana (2-1) and Sudan (3-0).

Added to that, Malagasy star Solomampionana Razafindranaivo was named the best player of the group stages, a huge personal award for the 22-year-old forward, who plays for CFF Andoharanofotsy in his homeland.

He netted goals in both games and has been a standout performer, form he will hope will continue in the quarterfinal clash against fellow COSAFA side Mozambique on Saturday.

There was also some joy for Angola when two of their players were included in the Best XI of the group stage.

Defender Eddie Afonso and forward Gilberto made the list, even though Angola did not advance to the knockout rounds after drawing their two matches.

The honours were decided by the CAF Technical Stufy Group, which includes Raymond Kalla (Cameroon), Michael Amenga (Kenya), Mark Fish (South Africa), Ameur Chafik (Algeria), Edgar Watson (Uganda), Abraham Mebratu (Ethiopia), Jamal Fathi (Morocco), Joao Miller Gomes (Angola), Herita Illunga (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Belhassen Malouche (Tunisia).