Madagascar got off their campaign at the group phase to a bright start after a shocking 3-1 win over Sudan away in the mid-western Sudanese city of Obeid on Friday.
The victory represents one of the biggest away wins by the Barea and sends them to the top of Group A temporary pending the outcome of the Senegal versus Equatorial Guinea clash 24-hours later in Dakar.
Despite playing away from home, the visitors were not intimidated by the packed crowd at the Obeid Stadium and took the lead on the quarter-hour mark through Andriatsima Fanev, who fired an angled shot past Sudan goalie Ahmed Mahir after Caloin Dinitry put him through.
The visitors surprisingly doubled their lead two minutes past the hour mark from the spot courtesy Algeria-based forward Carolus Andriamahitsinoro. The latter was fouled by Ahmed Mohamed in the vital and he made no mistake by sending Mahir, who was playing in front of his home fans the wrong way.
On 73 minutes, the Desert Hawks pulled one back through substitute Atahir Mohamed, who struck a curling shot that left Malagasy goalie Ibrahima Ousmane with no option.
As the Sudanese fought for the equalizer, the Barea took the game beyond the visitors with the third goal eight minutes from time after Fanev shot past Mahir to complete his brace.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football