Madagascar men’s national football team is said to persuade former captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima to come out of retirement to help the team in their last two Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers matches.
The Malagasy will travel to Addis Ababa on March 24 to face Ethiopia before welcoming Niger in their home soil five days later.
“To increase cohesion and prove that we have a heart and that we are a big family, I decided to call Faneva,” said coach Nicolas Dupuis.
Dupuis’ side are joint leaders with the Ivory Coast in Group K, having accumulated seven points from four outings.
“He doesn’t know it yet, but I’m waiting for his response. The (Malagasy Football Federation) executives are all unanimous and have all said to me: ‘Great coach that is a very good idea,” the coach divulges.
“We need him, even if the others are very good. Maybe he will play, maybe he won’t play. But we need him mentally because he is the big brother of all the little locals who are there.”
Meanwhile, the French football mentor announced his 29-man squad to take part in their last two Afcon qualifiers encounters.
Goalkeepers: Melvin Adrien (Martigues, France), Ibrahim Dabo (St-Pierroise, Reunion), Mathias Randriamamy (Paris St Germain, France), Nina Razakanirina (AS Adema)
Defenders: Romain Métanire (Minnesota United, USA), Jérôme Mombris (Grenoble, France), Jérémy Morel (Lorient, France), Sylvio Ouassiero (Fola Esch, Luxembourg), Ando Rakotondrazaka (ELGECO Plus), Theodin Ramanjary (Fosa Juniors), Rayan Raveloson (Troyes, France), Rajo Razafindrabe (Cosfa), Pascal Razakanantenaina (St Pierroise, Reunion)
Midfieders: Ibrahim Amada (Al Markhiya, Qatar), Anicet Andrianantenaina (Ludogorets Razgrad, Bulgaria), Arohasina Andrianarimanana (St Pierroise, Reunion), Dimitry Caloin (Fleury 91, France), Marco Ilaimaharitra (Charleroi, Belgium), Loic Lapoussin (Royal Union St Gilloise, Belgium), Doddy Rakotoarisoa (Jet Kintana), Zotsara Randriambololona (Fleury 91, France)
Forwards: Hakim Abdallah (Swift Hesperange, Luxembourg), Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (Al Qadisiya, Saudi Arabia), Faneva Ima Andriatsima (Al Hamriyah, United Arab Emirates), Lalaina Manampisoa (CS-DFC), Lalaina Nomenjanahary (Paris FC, France), Njiva Rakotoharimalala (unattached), Alexandre Ramalingom (Sedan, France), Tsito Razafindrasata (Jet Kintana), Paulin Voavy (Misr El Makkasa, Egypt).
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By FARPost Reporter