Madagascar primed for quarter-final push

Madagascar say they know what they need to do in order to advance to the quarter-finals of the Cosafa Castle Cup but coach Auguste Raux predicts it will be a tough order.

The islanders go into their final Group B match against Mozambique at the Moruleng Stadium on Friday tied on points with Zimbabwe, who will be playing against the Seychelles at the same time.

The problem for Madagascar is that after a goalless draw with Zimbabwe in their last game, they trail on goal difference.

Madagascar beat the Seychelles 2-0 in their first game but Zimbabwe walloped the Mozambicans 4-0 on the same day, giving them the advantage.

“I think we have to score many goals,” said Raux. “We are looking at, at least four. But in front of us will be a mysterious team from Mozambique,” he said in a reference to the development side brought to the tournament by Mozambique who despite their inexperience at international level beat the Seychelles 2-1 on Wednesday night.

“I’m sure it won’t be easy,” added Raux.

Madagascar’s best return at the tournament is two semifinal appearances in 2008 and 2015.