Rajaoanarison ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Madagascar celebrated on
Wednesday its 59th anniversary of independence with the theme of
"I am Malagasy, I love my homeland, I love the development"
Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina, and his counterpart of
Rwanda Paul Kagame together with almost 40,000 guests and
citizens participated in the celebration which lasted three
hours at Mahamasina Stadium, one of the main stadiums of
A military parade was also held as 3,000 members of the armed
forces came in several arrays.
Madagascar got its independence from France on June 26, 1960,
after being colonized for 64 years.
Fifteen killed, 75 injured
in Madgascar stampede
ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
At least 15 people were killed and 75
others injured on Wednesday in a stampede during an official
celebration of the independence day of Madagascar, Richard
Ravalomanana, secretary of state for the Gendarmerie of
The incident occurred at Mahamasina stadium, where activities
to celebrate the 59th independence day of Madagascar were
The President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina and his visiting
Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, offered their condolences to
the families of victims during a press conference later during
the day at presidential palace of Madagascar. Rajoelina
announced at the same time that the state will cover the
hospitalization costs of the wounded.
A few months ago, the Mahamasina stadium had already been the
scene of a deadly stampede. On September 9, 2018, during a
football match between Madagascar and Senegal, a stampede at the
entrance to the stadium occurred, leaving one person killed and
47 others wounded.
Newcomer Madagascar’s 2-0
win over giant Nigeria rocks AFCON
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (Xinhua) --
Madagascar, debutants of the Africa Cup of
Nations (AFCON), made a surprising 2-0 win over giants Nigeria
here on Sunday.
Madagascar’s midfielder Lalaina Nomenjanahary opened the
scoring in the 13th minute and Carolus Andriamatsinoro scored
the second in the 53rd minute, although Nigeria boasted 62
percent of the ball possession.
Madagascar and Nigeria advanced to the round of 16 from Group
B where Guinea have a chance for joining them as one of the best
third-placed finishers for having four points. Burundi, the
fourth of Group B, were defeated in all their three matches.
AFCON 2019 features 24 teams instead of 16 for the first time
in its history.
The round of 16 will witness the top two of the six groups
and the best four third-placed finishers.
The 32nd AFCON kicked off in Egypt on June 21 and will close
on July 19.