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FRANCE: Moutoussamy Named New Captain For Nantes

French Ligue 1 side FC Nantes have announced the appointment of Congolese international Samuel Moutoussamy as the club’s new captain.

The 26-year old French-born midfielder has been bestowed with the captainship as decided by new head coach Pierre Aristouy.

Moutoussamy, who graduated through Nantes’ academy ranks, replaces goalkeeper Alban Lafont who has since been stripped of the captaincy.

“He’s (Moutoussamy) a player I’ve known longest,” said the new coach, Aristouy who worked with the Congolese midfielder during his time in charge of Nantes’ reserve team in 2017.

“I had him with me in the Championnat National when I came back here when we were promoted to Ligue 2. There’s a symbolic value, and he also embodies, through his state of mind, what I expect from all the players.”

Moutoussamy led Nantes for the first time last Sunday in their barren Ligue 1 draw against Toulouse at the Stade Municipal.

He has so far played 139 games for Nantes since being promoted into first team during the 2016/17 season, and was also part of the side that lifted the Coupe de France last season.

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