In a bold prelude to the upcoming clash in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Madagascar’s seasoned coach, Romuald “Roro” Rakotondrabe, has fired a clear warning shot at the Ghanaian Black Stars. The 58-year-old mentor asserted that his squad’s purpose in Ghana transcends leisure; they are there with a singular mission – to secure victory in the opening match of the qualifiers.
During the pre-match press conference, Roro exuded determination, proclaiming, “We didn’t come to Ghana for holidays. We came to win. We are going to do anything possible to win against the Black Stars.” This unequivocal statement sets the stage for what promises to be a fiercely contested encounter.
Roro’s track record against Ghana adds weight to his bold proclamation. Having faced the Black Stars twice before, he remains undefeated. Earlier this year, he guided the Barea to a historic 2-1 victory over Ghana in the CHAN tournament in Algeria. Additionally, in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Antananarivo in August, Madagascar, under Roro’s stewardship, held the Black Stars to a goalless draw.
The anticipation for Friday’s match, scheduled at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi with a kick-off time of 16:00 GMT, is palpable. As both teams vie for a crucial three points in Group I, Roro’s unwavering determination sets the tone for what is expected to be a fiercely contested battle on the football pitch. Ghana will undoubtedly need to bring their A-game to counter Roro’s resilient Madagascar side, determined not to let this opportunity for victory slip away.