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Madagascar are African champions!

Madagascar became the first ever winners from COSAFA of the CAF Beach Soccer Championship when they triumphed over Senegal in Sunday’s final in the Seychelles.

Both teams had already booked their place in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Portugal in July, but the Malagasy also made history for the Southern African region with a continental triumph.

The decider finished 1-1 after extra-time and went to penalties, with the islanders triumphing 2-1 in the shoot-out.

Nigeria finished third with a 9-1 triumph over Ivory Coast, while Morocco won a north African battle with Egypt 3-1 to take fifth.

Hosts Seychelles ended on a low not when they were beaten 12-1 by Ghana to pick up the wooden spoon.

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