France-born Strasbourg striker, Ludovic Ajorque has turned down a fresh approach by Madagascar to represent them at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Born in Réunion, Ajorque is of Malagasy descent and was first approached to join the Madagascar national football team in March 2018.
The 25 year-old player has been in fine form for the Ligue 1 side scoring 10 goals in 27 matches this season and according to Madagascar’s head coach Nicolas Dupuis, he has turned down a fresh approach to team up with the Barea for their maiden AFCON appearance in Egypt, saying he wants to concentrate on club football.
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Dupuis told local media: “With Ajorque the situation is very simple. When I contacted him he was very clear that this is his first season in Ligue 1 with Strasbourg, so he basically wanted to focus on his club.
“I perfectly understand this and I have no intention to disrupt that by making another approach.
“He is an intelligent boy, who has not closed the door on Madagascar for the future. He knows what he is doing and I really wish him the very best.”
Debutantes Madagascar will face Nigeria, Burundi and Guinea in Group B and tournament will take place from June 21 to July 19.
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