Antananarivo, August 25, 4:55 p.m. – The Barea know their opponents during the rally in Morocco in September. The Malagasy national team will face Congo-Brazzaville on September 24. She will then face Benin on September 27, according to a source with the Malagasy Football Federation (FMF). This implies a modification of the formula proposed for the tournament « Morocco capital of African football », which takes place in the Cherifian Kingdom, from September 19 to 27.
The Barea know Steve Mounié’s Benin Squirrels very well. The two nations were in the same group during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Twice, Madagascar had been beaten by the Beninese (0-1) then (0-2). On the other hand, the Red Devils of Congo are still a little-known team from the Barea. In any case, the Congolese are better ranked than Madagascar, remaining in the world top 100 while the Big Island is gradually moving away from it (105th).
To a certain extent, the wish of Victorien Andrianony, interim president of the Malagasy Football Federation (FMF) has been granted. The tournament on Moroccan soil should allow the Barea to make two international meetings in order to be able to polish their weapons. According to the established program, the 12 participating countries invited to the tournament are spread over three sites, in Rabat and Casablanca, to take advantage of the FIFA window, from September 19 to 27, in order to prepare and benefit from two international friendly matches.
According to some indiscretions, the FMF had been working, in collaboration with African national associations and the International Federation of Association Football (Fifa), on this file for some time. Victorien Andrianony had mentioned the assistance of Fifa for the feasibility of the operation « both at the technical and financial level », to explain the choice compared to the other proposals on the table.
Nicolas Dupuis, Barea coach, had, among other things, cited the suggestion of a tournament in Libya, then that of the meetings against Mali and against Moldova before the Moroccan track was made official. But the French technician was quickly delighted with the realization of the internship, made possible after the postponement of the meetings of the knockout stages of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Côte d’Ivoire. The Barea should have challenged the Fauves de la Centrafrique twice in September and November in group E.
In March, the Malagasy national team missed the FIFA window to hold a rally and entered the African Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifiers in Ivory Coast unprepared. A less brilliant start with a defeat against Ghana (0-3), and a draw against Angola in Antananarivo which relegated the Barea to last place in their group, with one point in their pocket.
This time, Madagascar is trying to rectify the situation by completing the internship in Morocco. To hear Nicolas Dupuis, he should refine the list of players to be summoned for the Moroccan meeting. This should be drawn from the pre-list of 40 players already published by the French technician.