Madagascar will be desperate to record their first win of the campaign when they host the Central African Republic in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier on Thursday afternoon.
The Island nation have improved significantly in recent times and followed their impressive display at the 2015 COSAFA Cup with a 2-1 defeat in the Democratic Republic of Congo before holding Angola to a goalless draw on home soil.
Barea coach Franck Rajaonarisamba will have to do without two of his foreign-based players, with France-based Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Ludogorets midfielder Abel Anicet unavailable for selection.
Creteil-Lusitanos forward Faneva Andriatsima, though, has returned to the side.
The Malagasy come up against a CAR side that will take a lot of confidence from their 2-0 home win over the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially considering they lost 4-0 to Angola in their Group B opener last June.
Sint-Truiden striker Momi Hilaire, who is out on-loan in the Belgium second division, has been named in the squad to face Madagascar, with the Wild Beasts eager to fuel an unlikely push to qualification for next year’s tournament in Gabon.
The reverse fixture will be played in Bangui on Monday March 28.
Kick-off at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo is scheduled for 13h30 CAT.