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Madagascar’s CHAN 2022 Bible

by Lesley Ngwa
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Madagascar will be making her very first appearance at the 2023. African Nations Championship in Algeria scheduled to run from January 14 to February 4, 2023

Journey to the finals

Madagascar outsmarted Botswana on a 2-1 aggregate win to book a ticket to the final of the CHAN.

The Barea picked up a 1-0 win in the first leg before being held to a 1-1 draw in the second leg game. Just a draw was enough to secure a ticket to the 2023 competition which kick-starts in the days ahead.

Johnson Mothusi’s equalizing second leg goal and Razanakoto Tsilavina netted the lone leg leg goal to ensure Madagascar experience this competition for the first time


Romuald Rakotondrabe is head coach of Madagascar’s A’ team, who will see his 25-man squad to Algeria in the days ahead.

Winner of Madagascar’s first division championship with AS Adema in 2021, qualified the nation to a first CHAN participation and will be hoping to grab a continental title for the first time.


Madagascar’s A’ team is nicknamed “the Barea” just like the country’s senior national team.

They went for the name Barea referring to the Island’s Zebu, which is a specie of domestic cattle originating in the Indian sub-continent and characterised by a fatty hump on their shoulders, a large dewlap, and sometimes drooping ears.

Number of Appearances

Since the creation of Madagascar’s football federation, the nation has never participated in the African Nations Championship reserves for home based players.

This will be their very first participation in the Continental football competition organized by the confederation of African football for players plying their trade in the local championships.

They come into the competition at a time when an 18 nation competition is Introduced from the former 16.

Group fixtures

The debutants have been drawn in group C of the competition alongside defending champions, Morocco, Ghana and Sudan.

This pairing is definitely a big blow to the Bareas who will be coming in diff the very first time and with all naivety, will have to face heavy weights.

Morocco are two time champions of the Competition, backing it consecutively in 2018 and 2020.

Ghana were runners up in 2009 and 2014. While Sudan finished third in 2011 and 2018.

Most successful club

Fosa Juniors FC is a Malagasy 1st division club who takes part in the CAF Confederation cup.

They haven’t produced the highest number of players in the 25-man list to represent the country in Algeria.

Elgeco Plus FC is another premiership club in their island nation who also has a reasonable number of persons in the squad for the CHAN.

CHAN Squad


Rakotoasimbola Zakanirina(Elgeco Plus)
Andriamalala Andonisina(Disciples FC)
Rajomazandry Andrianirina(AS Fanalamanga)

Randriamanampisoa Tony(Elgeco Plus)
Randrianisondrotra Stephano (Dato FC)
Razafindraibearimihanta Rajo(Jet Kintana)
Rakotonirina Jean Martin (Elgeco Plus)
Rakotondrazaka Ando(Disciples FC)
Randrianiaina Tantely(Disciples FC)
Rabarijoana Tantely(CFFA)
Soloniaina Avizara(Fosa Juniors)
Andrininosy Rado Naherina( Fosa Juniors)

Randrianarisaona Tendry Manovo(Disciples FC)
Arohasina Dax(Fosa Juniors)
Randriatsiferana Toky Olivier(Fosa Juniors)
Hasinirina Patrick(Elgeco Plus)
Rakotoarisoa Solonjatovo(Elgeco Plus)
Rakotoarisoa Mickael(Fosa Juniors)
Rafanomezantsoa Lalaina(CFFA)
Rakotonirina Jean Francois(AS Fanaiamanga)
Andriamanjato Rojotalaina( Ajesaia)

Rakotobe Arimalala( Uscafoot)
Razanakoto Tsilavina(Fosa Juniors)
Razafindrakoto Jean Yves(Fosa Juniors)
Razafindranaivo Koloina(CFFA)
Ravelomanantsoa Marcio Carlos(CFFA)

_Club distribution _
Elgeco plus:5
Fosa juniors:7
Disciples FC:4
AS Fanaiamanga:2
Ajesaia: 1
Dato FC: 1
Jet Kintana: 1

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