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Last Updated: Friday, 20 April 2007, 11:29 GMT 12:29 UK
Madagascar appoint new coach
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Madagascar will play Zimbabwe in the Cosafa Cup next week

Former France-based defender Herve Arsene has been named as the new coach of Madagascar.

The 43-year-old takes over from French coach Jean Paul Rossignol, who was fired earlier this month.

Rossignol was sacked after Madagascar lost 3-0 to the Ivory Coast in a Nations Cup qualifier last month.

Earlier this year the Malagasy-born Arsene served as an assistant to Rossignol.

Arsene's appointment comes a week before Madagascar compete in the Cosafa Cup mini tournament in Mozambique, where they have a semi-final match against Zimbabwe on 28 April.

He played over 200 matches for Racing Lens in Ligue 1 after being signed from a club on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion.



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