June 17, 2019 / 5:03 AM / 3 months ago

Factbox: Profile on Madagascar team for 2019 African Cup of Nations

(Reuters) - Factbox on African Cup of Nations qualifiers Madagascar:

African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: none

Drawn in Group B with Burundi, Guinea and Nigeria.

Coach: Nicolas Dupuis

The 51-year-old combines the job of being Madagascar boss with running the French fourth-tier club Fleury 91 and has taken the Malagasy to their first Cup of Nations finals, having started in the job just over two years ago.

Dupuis was a player in the amateur ranks in France and began his coaching career as player-coach at AS Yzeure.

Key player: Jeremy Morel. Age: 35. Defender.

In the twilight of a career that has seen him play more than 100 games for both Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais, Morel has embarked on an international opportunity with Madagascar.

It was only last year, with Madagascar’s qualification looking certain, that Morel announced his availability. His father was born on the island.

He is the only high-profile player in the squad which is sprinkled with players who, like Morel, were born in France with some Malagasy heritage.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 108

How they qualified: Second-placed team in Group A, behind Senegal but ahead of Equatorial Guinea and Sudan.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Melvin Andrien (Martigues) Ibrahima Dabo (St Pierroise), Jean Dieudonne Randrianasolo (CNaPS Sport)

Defenders: Dimitry Caloin (Les Herbiers), Thomas Fontaine (Reims), Romain Metanire (Minnesota United), Jerome Mombris (Grenoble), Jeremy Morel (Olympique Lyonnais), Toaviina Hasitiana Rambeloson (Arras), Mamy Gervais Randrianarisoa, Pascal Razakanantenaina (both St Pierroise)

Midfielders: Ibrahim Samuel Amada (Mouloudia Alger), Anicet Andrianantenaina (Ludogorets Razgrad), Andriamiraldo Andrianarimanana (Kaizer Chiefs), Marco Ilaimaharitra (Charleroi), Lalaina Nomenjanahary (Paris FC), Jean Rakotoarisoa (Fosa Juniors), Rayan Raveloson (Troyes)

Forwards: Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (Al Aldalh), Faneva Ima Andriatsima (Clermont), William Gros (Vitre), Njiva Rakotoharimalala (Samut Sakhon) Paulin Voavy (Misr Lel Makasa).

Compiled by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Clare Fallon

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