CAR and Madagascar will clash in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium in Bangui on this Monday.
The Wild Beasts of CAR managed to hold Madagascar’s Barea to a 1-1 stalemate at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo on Thursday.
The draw left CAR placed third on Group B standings with four points from three games. Second-placed Angola are only ahead on goal-difference.
Home ground advantage will favour CAR in the return leg against Madagascar this time around. The Wild Beasts coach Blaise Kopogo will look to Moussa Limane.
The 23-year-old forward, who plies his trade in Kazakhstan for Kyzylzhar, grabbed a late goal to ensure that CAR snatched a point away.
The Wild Beasts brushed aside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 2-0 in their last home game. Vianney Mabide and Junior Gourrier netted for CAR in September 2015.
Meanwhile, Madagascar will be desperate to register their first Group B victory when they lock horns with CAR on Monday.
Barea, who are currently on two points from three games, are aware of the fact that an away victory over CAR can move them to second spot.
Carolus Andriamatsinoro and Sarivahy Vombola are two of Madagascar’s key players. The former grabbed the opening goal against on Friday.
Vombola was the top scorer in the 2015 COSAFA Cup after hitting the back of the net five times for Johann Paul’s side in the regional tournament.
Madagascar suffered a 2-1 defeat to DRC in their last away Group B match at the Stade Tata Raphaël in Kinshasa in June, 2015.
Referee Ferdinand Udoh from Nigeria will be in charge of the encounter between CAR and Madagascar.
CAR deny Madagascar three points
Goals by Carolus and Moussa Limane ensured Madagascar and Central African Republic shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in their 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier Group B first leg match on Thursday.
The game was played at Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo.
As they were seen as favourites at home the Islanders hoped to bag the full three points but Franck Rajaonarisamba’s men couldn’t destabilise the visitors’ defence.
On the other hand, the Beasts dominated Barea in the first 45 minutes with Foxi Kéthévoama failing to convert two good chances on 10 and 32 minutes.
It was 0-0 at half time and upon their return from the tunnel, both sides failed to create clear cut opportunities leaving the hosts disappointed.
But it was the hosts who came close to bagging their first goal when Njiva hit the woodwork after four minutes into the second stanza.
Towards the 70th minute, Voavy nearly bagged the lead for the hosts as he failed to beat Geoffrey in a one on one scenario.
Nevertheless, Madagascar were handed a penalty in the 77th minute when Youga fouled Carolus inside the box prompting the referee to show the defender his marching orders.
Carolus then easily converted from the spot to hand the hosts the deserved lead with 10 minutes to go.
However, it was not over as Terrence delivered a great ball for substitute Limane who ensured both sides were equal in the 86th minute and made it 1-1.
The second leg is set to get underway at Complexe Sportif Barthélemy Boganda in Bangui on Tuesday next week, 28 March.
Madagascar: (0) 1 (Carolus 80′)
CAR: (0) 1 (Limane 86′)
Madagascar: Leda, Tantely, Mamy Gervais, François, Mikka, Johann, Zotsara (Voavy 60′), Dafé (Dina 60′), Njiva (Jimmy 75′), Carolus, Ima
CAR: Lembet, Kéthévoama, Kassaï, Kéïta (Gourrier 58′), Youga, Anzité, Enza-yamissi, Mabidé, Kéthévoama, Dagoulou, Momi