2026 World Cup Qualifiers: We will do everything possible to beat Ghana, says Madagascar coach Romuald Rakotondrabe

Published on: 17 November 2023

Madagascar coach, Romuald Rakotondrabe has insisted that his side is determined to beat Ghana in their 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The Barea will be hosted at the Baba Yara Stadium in their first Group I game against the Black Stars on Friday, November 17.

While the Black Stars boast a remarkable history at the Baba Yara Stadium, Rakotondrabe speaking to the press said he remains optimistic his team will pull a surprise when they clash.

“We didn't come to Ghana for holidays. We came here to win the game,” he stated.

“It's very true that the last time we beat Ghana was in 2015, and that was a friendly. We are going to do everything possible to defeat Ghana on Friday.”

This meeting signifies the inaugural match for both teams in the qualification journey for the 2026 World Cup, set to be co-hosted by the USA, Mexico, and Canada.

Ghana and Madagascar have crossed paths previously, engaging in two matches during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign. The Black Stars secured a triumphant 3-0 victory in Cape Coast, while the return leg concluded in a goalless stalemate.