The national beach soccer team of the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar have shown that they can truly be a strong force in the sport on the African continent.
Only a week after winning the inaugural Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Beach Soccer tournament at the Seychelles national beach soccer stadium, the team went on to dethrone the defending African champion, at the 2015 Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) African beach soccer championship held over 6 days at the same venue.
Madagascar won the competition’s final match 4-3 against Senegal on Sunday. A penalty shootout was needed to decide on a winner after the score between the two sides remained tied at 1-1 after normal time and extra time played.
This is the Indian Ocean nation’s first time winning the CAF beach soccer championship, where it also finished as the only unbeaten team. On top of being declared the new African beach soccer champion, the feat has also landed the team a place in the upcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup to be held in Portugal in July this year.
As the competition’s runner-up, three-time African champion in 2008, 2011 and 2013, Senegal, will also represent the African continent at the FIFA event.