Madagascar return to HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA Women’s Championship

Best finish: Group Stages (2017, 2018, 2019)
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Last five tournaments:
2018 – Group Stage
2019 – Group Stage
2020 – Did not enter
2021 – Did not enter
2022 – Did not enter

Madagascar return to the HOLLYWOODBETS COSAFA Women’s Championship for the first time since 2019, the year in which they claimed their first victory in the regional showpiece competition.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on women’s football in the country, with the national team becoming inactive to the point where they no longer have a FIFA ranking.

But their return to the COSAFA event is a new dawn and a chance for the team to get back on track and rebuild what had been a promising foray into the women’s game.

They have not entered any international competitions in the interleading years, but are now back and hopeful of leaving their mark.

They debuted in the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Zimbabwe in 2017, which proved a tough introduction. They lost 4-0 to the hosts, before a 6-3 defeat to Malawi and a 7-1 loss to Zambia.

They returned the following year and this time managed a draw in a vastly improved display that showed their rapid progression.

They lost 2-1 to eventual winners South Africa and 2-0 to Malawi, but picked up a first point with a 0-0 draw against Botswana.

They went one better with a maiden win in 2019, defeating Comoros Islands 5-1, but also lost to Malawi (2-0) and South Africa (3-0).

They will be something of an unknown quantity on their return with four years having passed since then, and they open their campaign against Eswatini in Group A.

They also have old nemesis South Africa and Malawi in their pool.