In the second round of the CAF 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Chad faces Madagascar at the Municipal Stadium of Oujda on Monday evening. Both teams seek redemption after facing defeats in their previous qualifying fixtures.
Chad experienced a disappointing start to their World Cup journey, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat against Mali.
Despite a brief equalizer from Marius in the second half, quick goals from Youssoufou Niakate and Ibrahima Sissoko sealed their fate.
With four losses in their last five matches and no wins in 17 games, Chad aims to recover and secure their first home victory in four years.
Facing Madagascar, a team ranked 71 places above them in the FIFA rankings, presents a challenging but crucial opportunity for Chad to revive their campaign.
Madagascar suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Ghana in their last qualifier. Despite a solid defensive effort, they conceded a late winner to Inaki Williams.
After a strong start to the year with four consecutive wins, Madagascar has struggled to maintain momentum, winning only two of their subsequent nine matches across all competitions.
Their recent away form, failing to score in three of their last four matches, indicates the need for an improved attacking display to secure a positive result against Chad.
Chad’s Marius, who scored in the defeat against Mali, seeks to continue his goal-scoring form. Hiver Amine might replace David Ramadingaye in the starting lineup.
Madagascar’s Adrien, impressive in goal against Ghana, is likely to retain his place. Njiva Rakotoharimalala, despite a recent goal drought, remains a key attacking threat.
Abdelrazak, Mbaigohmem, Abderamane, Djimhoue, Mbogo;
Mbangossoum, Amine, Ngartolabaye;
Boto, Fontaine, Berajo, Metanire;
Tsiry, Lapoussin, Ilaimaharitra, Raveloson, Bertrand;
Prediction: Chad 0-1 Madagascar
Both teams have struggled offensively recently, suggesting a defensive game. Despite this, Madagascar is expected to clinch a narrow victory in a closely contested match.