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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: Madagascar

Wednesday 19/June/2019 - 05:32 PM
Madagascar`s players
Madagascar`s players
Translated and edited by: Ahmad El Assasy
The Madagascar national football team، nicknamed Barea (a species of Zebu that is depicted on the country's coat of arms)،[3] is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Malagasy Football Federation. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup. It will take part in its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time، the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.

Nickname: Barea

Previous appearance: None

Head Coach: Nicolas Dupuis (France)

Madagascar were the first team to qualify and for the first time، doing so with two matches to spare، after a lone goal victory over Equatorial Guinea last October in Antananarivo. Njiva Rakotoharimalala’s first half strike was all Nicolas Dupuis’ charges needed to achieve the biggest moment in their football history.

Key Facts
Madagascar conceded eight goals in 2019 AFCON qualifying; more than any other team that qualified for the tournament.
Madagascar were one of the first sides to qualify for 2019 AFCON، reaching the finals on 16th October 2018 after 10 points from their opening four games (3 wins، 1 draw).

Madagascar (Group B)
Goalkeepers: Melvin Andrien (MartiguesFRA)، Ibrahima Dabo (GobelinsFRA)، Jean Randrianasolo (CNaPS Sport)

Defenders: Mamy Randrianarisoa، Pascal Razakanantenaina (both St PierroiseREU)، Dimitry Caloin (Les HerbiersFRA)، Thomas Fontaine (ReimsFRA)، Romain Metanire (Minnesota UtdUSA)،Jerome Mombris (GrenobleFRA)، Jeremy Morel (LyonFRA)، Toaviina Rambeloson(ArrasFRA)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Amada (Mouloudia AlgerALG)، Anicet Andrianantenaina (LudogoretsBUL)،Andriamiraldo Andrianarimanana (Kaizer ChiefsRSA)، Marco Ilaimaharitra (CharleroiBEL)، Lalaina Nomenjanahary (Paris FCFRA)، Jean Rakotoarisoa (Fosa Juniors)، Rayan Raveloson (TroyesFRA)

Forwards: Charles Andriamahitsinoro (Al AldalhKSA)، Faneva Andriatsima (ClermontFRA)، William Gros (VitreFRA)، Tsilavina Njiva (Samut SakhonTHA)، Paulin Voavy (Misr Lel MakasaEGY)

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