Madagascar’s president charters plane for second round clash against DR Congo
Barea, on their tournament debut, topped Group B at the finals, opening with a 2-2 draw against Guinea before claiming wins over Burundi (1-0) and Nigeria (2-0).
They will face DR Congo in Alexandria on Sunday in the first knockout round.
“After hearing the demands of supporters, President Andry Rajoelina and the Madagascan state have decided to mobilise an Airbus 380, with 480 seats, to transport supporters,” Rinah Rakotomanga, communications chief for the presidency, told AFP.
The flight will leave Antananarivo on Saturday and return immediately after the game. Tickets will cost supporters about US$600.
Rajoelina had announced that he would attend the match, sparking a campaign to enable other fans to travel.
“Do not go alone to Egypt President Andry Rajoelina, there are supporters who are ready to fill a plane and the empty stadium,” said former opposition MP Guy Rivo Randrianarisoa on social media.
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