It was a shock to the Afcon tournament on Sunday as debutants Madagascar wiped the floor with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a 2-0 victory. Therefore placing Madagascar at the top of the table with Nigeria following behind.
Nigeria dominated possession but were punished when trying to play out from the back. John Ogu under-hit a square ball to Leon Balogun on the edge of their own box and the Brighton defender hesitated, allowing Nomenjanahary to nip in and round the goalkeeper before slipping the ball into an empty net.
Madagascar doubled their lead as Andriamatsinoro's 25-yard free-kick deflected in off half-time Nigeria substitute Wilfred Ndidi. The Leicester midfielder then produced his side's first shot on target on 57 minutes but not even the introduction of Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi could spark a Nigeria fightback.
Although the fans were disappointed about the outcome, Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr believed otherwise. “They deserve it,” Rohr said of Madagascar’s victory. “And I think the good work of my colleague (Nicolas Dupuis) with this team which was the first one to qualify for the AFCON already in October they have a good team and it’s not a shame to lose a match against such a team.”