Several African underdogs ignored the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and held their own against more-fancied opposition as the African qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia? entered the second round. Such lesser-known sides as Madagascar, Comoros, Swaziland and Chad achieved the biggest shocks.
When a team ranked 30th in the world and consisting of stars from the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and French Ligue 1 take on the 177th ranked team, the majority of whose players belong to clubs in the lower tiers of French football, most fans would expect the outcome to be a forgone conclusion. Not so though for Comoros, who already stunned Lesotho in the first round. Les Coelecantes took the game to Ghana's Black Stars in Mitsamiouli and secured a stunning goalless draw. The result might leave the islanders still waiting for their first World Cup victory, but they now have another surprise they can gain confidence from.
Comoros were not the only Indian Ocean island that impressed as Madagascar took on the 2002 World Cup quarter-finalists Senegal. The Barea were leading 2-0 through goals by Faneva Andriatsima and Njiva Rakotoharimalala, when the visitors realised they needed to up their game if they wanted to avoid going into Tuesday's return leg with a defeat. Although Mame Biram Diouf and Sadio Mane changed things around and ensured a 2-2 draw, it was a morale-boosting result for Madagascar. http://futseller.mobi/