Malagasy shorn of key players
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Madagascar have decided to leave three France-based players out of their squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier against Botswana in Antananarivo on Sunday.

Forwards Ima Faneva Andriantsima and Paulin Voavy, who play for Boulogne in Ligue 2, and Pau midfielder Johan Paul have been dropped by Malagasy coach Franck Rajaonarisamba after failing to guarantee their arrival in time for the game.

Andriantsima's absence in particular is a blow for the home side. He has four goals to his name in the qualifiers, and has long been considered Madagascar's stand-out player.

Madagascar squad
Goalkeepers:
Andoniaina Andriamalala (Ajesaia), Anatole Ndriamparany (Vesta), Jean Chrysostome Raharison (IFC)

Defenders:
Urbain Andriamampionona (Academie Ny Antsika), Tsima Eddy Andriamihaja, Damien Mahavony (both AS Adema), Vitazara Melin, Tovohery Rabenanadrasana (both Academie Ny Antsika), Eric Julien Rakotondrabe (Japan Actuel's), Mamy Gervais Randrianarisoa (Ajesaia), Jean Tholix (Adema)

Midfielders:
Guy Hubert Mamihasindrahona (Adema), Rija Juvence Rakotomandimby (Japan Actuel's), Thierry Ratsimbazafy (Academie Ny Antsika), Jean de l'Or Tsaralaza (Adema)

Forwards:
Praxis Rabemananjara (Pamplemousse), Yvan Rajoarimanana (St Pierroise), Velontsiory Rakotondramanana (Ajesaia), Hubert Robson (Japan Actuel's)


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