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Nicolas Dupuis not sure of Madagascar future


Nicolas Dupuis guided Madagascar of an unbelievable last 8 stage of the AFCON 2019 in Egypt but says he isn’t sure about his future.

While Nicolas Dupuis may have made history for Madagascar but the Frenchman isn’t sure if he would stay on as the coach. Appointed as the island nation’s manager back in 2017, he guided Barea to their first ever African Cup of Nations tournament.

Before the tournament, the team was touted as the whipping boys of the competition. However, the unfancied Nicolas Dupuis and his team surprised everyone by reaching the quarterfinal stages of the competition and capped off an amazing fairytale run.

Last night, Barea lost 3-0 to Tunisia after conceding three goals in the second half. And Nicolas Dupuis says that while he’s proud of what his team achieved, he’s not certain about his future.

“I’m very proud of my team,” the 51-year-old coach told Goal.com at the end of the game held at Al-Salam Stadium, Cairo.

“I don’t know whether I will stay or not, but I’m enjoying my time with this team.

“To beat the Tunisian team we needed them to be less good. They were a great team. We weren’t ready for them.

Madagascar are ranked 108th in the world but rankings didn’t matter at all as they beat Nigeria 2-0 in their last group game.

“We had a great tournament since the first day,” Dupuis said of Madagascar’s Afcon heroics.

“I say to the Malagasy people we still have a lot to do in the future.”

“I don’t know if Madagascar’s priority is to keep me,” continued Dupuis. It’s going to be difficult to do better next time. There’s a lot of work to be done in Madagascar. We have to use what we did to show that work pays off.

“We need to keep working otherwise it could just be a fleeting thing. We need to get back to work.”

“I have no regrets,” he added. “We were up against a very good side.”