GUINEA, MADAGASCAR STALEMATE SCORELINE TO PUT NIGERIA AHEAD

Guinea and Madagascar ended their clash at 2-2 as the Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations is proving not to be as easy as pre-tournament bookmaking had indicated.

The point scored by Madagascar is historical, being the first ever by the Indian Ocean Island nation. Anicet Andrianantenaina enters the record book as the country’s ever scorer in the Africa Nations Cup.

Their efforts have helped the Super Eagles’ course as the Group B is turning into a Greek puzzle.

First the Super Eagles had to draw the last weapon in their armory to overcome gusty Burundi on Saturday evening.

Madagascar later proved a hard nut to crack for Guinea who had to struggle to avoid a possible defeat. The 2-2 draw has put Nigeria as the group leader. A win over Guinea in the Match Day 2 will possibly secure a Round of 16 ticket.

Guinea had started the game dominating over the debuting Madagascar. The persistent pressure paid off in the 34th minute when Sory Kaba put the West Africans ahead.

They took the lead into the second half before the Madagascans began a great comeback. Four minutes into the second half, the debutants leveled up through Anicet Andrianantenaina.

Six minutes later, the Madagascans went ahead through Carolus Andriamahitsinoro before Guinea battled to equalize through François Kamano.

Nigeria and Guinea will meet on Wednesday while the other match will be the battle of debutants – Madagascar versus Burundi.

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