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Egypt opponents Mali announce squad for Africa Cup of Nations

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Alain Giresse has trimmed his squad to the final 23 that will represent Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The French coach had previously named a 26-man provisional squad. The team made headlines over the Absence of Middlesbrough’s Adama Traoré.

But the Mali team is not short of Adama Traoré’s. The squad for AFCON 2017 includes one from AS Monaco. Also in the team is Bakary Sako of Crystal Palace.

Full Squad:

Goalkeepers: Soumaila Diakité and Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien de Bamako), Oumar Sissoko (Orléans, France)

Defenders: Ousmane Coulibaly (Panathinaikos, Greece), Hamari Traore (Reims, France), Molla Wagué (Udinese, Italy), Salif Coulibaly (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mohamed Oumar Konaté (RS Berkane, Morocco), Mahamadou N’Diaye (Troyes, France), Youssouf Koné (Lille, France)

Midfielders: Yves Bissouma (Lille, France), Mamoutou N’Diaye (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Lassana Coulibaly (Bastia, France), Yacouba Sylla (Montpellier, France), Samba Sow (Kayserispor, Turkey), Adama Traoré (AS Monaco, France), Sambou Yatabaré (Werder Bremen, Germany)

Forwards: Moussa Marega (Vitória Guimarães, Portugal), Kalifa Coulibaly (Gent, Belgium), Moustapha Yatabaré (Karabukspor, Turkey), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace, England), Moussa Doumbia (Rostov, Russia).

Mali have made 10 appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations but have never won the competition. They play Egypt in their first match on January 17th, 2017.

I have dedicated part of my time in this bad world to following African football. From CECAFA to WAFU, COSAFA to UNAF & even the forgotten UNIFFAC.

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