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Nicolas Dupuis: Madagascar coach suspended

French coach Nicolas Dupuis has been combining jobs as coach of Madagascar and as part of the technical team at French side Fleury 91

The Malagasy Football Federation (FMF) has suspended its French coach Nicolas Dupuis until further notice, without pay.

In a letter to the coach, the FMF said the coach spent “more time [pursuing] commercial interests for personal publicity” than on the team whose “image” had recently “regressed”.

While the Frenchman – who has yet to comment – is serving his suspension, Eric Rabesandratana will be in charge of the national team as head coach.

The former Paris St-Germain defender will prepare the team for June’s opening 2022 World Cup qualifiers at home to Benin before travelling to play Tanzania.

Dupuis was appointed by Madagascar in 2017 and led the team to a maiden appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations two years later.

Madagascar reached the quarter-finals in Egypt in 2019 but failed to qualify the Barea for next year’s finals in Cameroon.

A letter sent by the FMF to Dupuis outlined several reasons behind its decision to suspend the coach.

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