INSIDE AFCON 2019: Madagascar’s President Charters Plane for Local Fans to Cheer Team in Round of 16

Following Madagascar’s group stage heroics at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), President Andry Rajoelina has booked a plane which will transport local fans to Egypt for their Round of 16 game against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, according to Goal.

The AFCON debutants, led by Nicolas Dupuis, have surpassed expectations in Egypt – finishing unbeaten and top of a group which had three-time Africa champions Nigeria, Guinea, and fellow newcomers Burundi.

The highpoint of the Barea’s group stage was the 2-0 victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria last Sunday.

The feat drew plenty of plaudits back home in Madagascar, with the President promising to go cheer the team alongside some fans at the venue of their Round of 16 fixture in Egypt.

“After hearing the demands of supporters, President Andry Rajoelina and Madagascan state have decided to mobilize an Airbus 380, with 480 seats, to transport supporters,” said the communications chief for the presidency, Rinah Rakotomomanga, as per AFP.

Supporters willing to fly the special plane are expected to pay a fee in the region of $600, which will cover the flight, a seat at the game and meals.

The plane is expected to depart the country’s capital city Antananarivo on Saturday and return immediately after the match.

Madagascar go toe-to-toe with against DR Congo on Sunday, July 7, at the Alexandria Stadium where they played their group games.