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Demba Ba returns as Senegal name 23-man squad for AFCON qualifiers

Demba Ba - Senegal coach Alain Giresse has revealed his 23-man squad for the start of the qualification campaign ahead of their clash with Egypt.

Senegal’s squad is largely made up of the players that featured in the 2014 World Cup qualifier play-off against Ivory Coast; the inclusion of , who recently signed for Turkish club Beşiktaş, being the big news.

Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse is out because of injury, but is reportedly close to completing his rehabilitation. The squad is still entirely composed of foreign-based players.

The Teranga Lions host Egypt on September 5th before travelling to Botswana five days later in the opening phase of the AFCON qualifiers.


Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul (Ethnikos Achna, Cyprus), Pape Demba Camara (Sochaux, France), Lys Gomis (Torino, Italy).

Defenders: Lamine Sane (Bordeaux, France), Zargo Toure (Le Havre, France), Cheikh Mbegue (Rennes, France), Papa Ndiaye Souare (Lille, France), Papa Djilobodji (Nantes, France), Issa Cissokho (Nantes, France), Kara Mbodj (Genk, Belgium).

Midfielders: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham, England), Mohammed Diame (West Ham, England), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Lille, France), Kouly Diop (Levante, Spain), Salif Sane (Hannover, Germany), Alfred Ndiaye (Sevilla, Spain), Stephane Badj (Brann, Norway).

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Demba Ba (Beşiktaş, Turkey), Moussa Sow (Fernebache, Turkey), Moussa Konate (Krasnodar, Russia), Dame Ndoye (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City, England).

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