Senegal manager Cissé confirms final squad for AFCON
Senegal national team manager Aliou Cissé has named his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 this January.
Cissé’s side are having high hopes to win the tournament this year with a bunch of impressive names on their teamsheet such as Liverpool’s inform winger Sadio Mane, who scored eight goals and provided 4 assists in the English Premier League this season.
The squad also includes Everton’s midfielder Idrissa Gueye, who has a 77% tackle success rate in the league, alongside Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf, Cheikhou Kouyaté from West Ham and Newcastle’s Mohamed Diamé.
Meanwhile, Sunderland’s Papy Djilobodji has not been included to the squad after falling out with the national coach when he was last called up in March 2015.
Goalkeepers: Khadim N’Diaye (Horoya AC, Guinea), Abdoulaye Diallo (Çaykur Rizespor, Turkey), Pape Seydou N’Diaye (ASC Niarry Tally).
Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Cheikh M’Bengue (Saint-Etienne, France), Kara Mbodj (Anderlecht, Belgium), Zargo Toure (Lorient, France), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes, France)
Midfielders: Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham, England), Cheikh N’Doye (Angers, France), Papakouli Diop (Espanyol, Spain), Henri Saivet (Saint Etienne, France), Papa Alioune Ndiaye (Osmanlıspor, Turkey), Mohamed Diame (Newcastle, England)
Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool England), Keita Balde Diao (Lazio, Italy), Moussa Konate (FC Sion, Switzerland), Famara Diedhiou (Angers, France), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke, England), Ismaila Sarr (Metz, France), Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce, Turkey)
Senegal was drawn in the group of death alongside Algeria, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe, with the top two teams from the group advance to the quarter-finals.
The Lions of Teranga will kick off their campaign against Tunisia on January 15, then head on to face Zimbabwe on the 19th, then Algeria four days later.
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