Madagascar president charters plane for Africa Cup fans

first_imgThere are no direct commercial flights from Madagascar to Egypt.“Barea”, who take their nickname from a breed of local cattle, will play Democratic Republic of Congo or South Africa Sunday for a place in the semi-final.“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.But the adventure will not be for free — tickets cost about $600 (530 euros) including the flight, a seat at the match and meals.Rajoelina had announced 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.Madagascar will face a tough game at the weekend — they are ranked 108th in the world, with South Africa in 72th spot and DR Congo in 49th.“Barea’s participation is historic,” said Jean Josue Njakasolo, 38, as he lined up to buy his ticket at an Air Madagascar ticket office.The price “does not mean anything compared to the honour that our national team gives us,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Madagascan fans celebrated after their team qualified for the second round at the Africa Cup of Nations © AFP/File / RIJASOLOANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Jul 2 – Madagascan President Andry Rajoelina has chartered a 480-seater plane to take football fans to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations after the country unexpectedly qualified for the round of 16.Excitement has been building in the Indian Ocean island nation as the team emerged on top of group B after beating three-time tournament winners Nigeria 2-0.last_img read more

14 incredible pictures of Upton Park through history

first_img 9. Football fans sit on the roof of a neighbouring tower block to watch the 1972 FA Cup tie with Hereford – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 6. Legendary captain Bobby Moore trains on the Upton Park pitch in 1965 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 West Ham United’s 112-year stint at Upton Park comes to an end on Tuesday night as they play Manchester United in the Premier League.The scene of 2,398 matches, moments of joy, pain and celebration have been seen at the Boleyn Ground over the seasons.Across the Hammers’ spell on Green Street, players have come and gone, managers hired and fired, goals scored, shots saved, and heroes have written their name in history.It will be an emotional end for an incredible and atmospheric stadium. So, here at talkSPORT, we’ve got a little nostalgic and gathered up 14 amazing pictures of Upton Park through the years… 8. West Ham stars including Geoff Hurst and Billy Bonds form a wall in an FA Cup tie with Hereford in 1972 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 2. West Ham fans enter Upton Park for a match against Arsenal in 1930 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 1. West Ham captain George Kay on the Upton Park pitch in 1923 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 7. Actor Warren Mitchell, famed for playing West Ham fan Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part walks around Upton Park – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 10. Upton Park lit by a sunset in 1997 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 3. West Ham star John Lyall attempts to tackle Arsenal’s Danny Clapton in 1962 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 13. A view from inside Upton Park in 2015 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 11. The famous statue of West Ham’s 1966 World Cup winning stars Bobby Moore, Martin Peters, Geoff Hurst and Ray Wilson – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 12. The exterior of Upton Park in 2014 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 4. West Ham score a penalty against Sheffield United in 1964 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14. A view from pitchside at Upton Park in 2015 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 5. Legendary captain Bobby Moore trains on the Upton Park pitch in 1965 – Click the right arrow above to see more amazing pictures of the Boleyn Ground 14 14 14 14last_img read more