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Egypt opponents Mali announce U-20 AFCON squad

Mali announced its squad for the 2017 U-20 African Cup of Nations which will be held in Zambia from February 26 to March 12.

The 21-man squad included eight foreign-based players to play in Group A against championship hosts Zambia, Egypt and Guinea in Lusaka.

Despite calling up eight foreign-based players, the team’s 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup star Ally Malle will not join his teammates after Spanish La Liga club Granada refused to release the player for the tournament. However, the team’s top scorer Sadiki Maiga will be with the team.

Magia was Mali’s top scorer at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile with three goals as his team finished second after losing to Nigeria 2-0.

It is worth mentioning that the top four teams will qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Samuel Diarra (Deportivo Leaonesa, Spain), Drissa Kouyaté (AS Réal de Bamako), Modibo Traoré (FC Diarra).

Defenders: Abdoul Karim Danté (Anderlecht, Belgium), Siaka Bagayoko (Djoliba AC), Zoumana Simpara (AS Bakaridjan de Barouéli), Dramane Simpara (CS Dougouwolofila), Mamadou Koné (Onze Créateurs de Niaréla), Mamadou Fofana (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Babou Fofana (Stade Malien de Bamako).

Midfielders: Amadou Haïdara, Ousmane Diakité (both Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Moussa Diakité (ASKO), Moussa Djenepo (Standard de Liège, Belgium), Mohamed Sangaré (AS Réal de Bamako).

Strikers: Amadou Diarra (Lafia Clube de Bamako), Ibrahima Koné (Club Olympique de Bamako), Boubacar Traoré (Jeanne d’Arc), Cheick Ismaïla Coulibaly (CS Dougouwolofila), Sidiki Maïga ( A.D Alcorcon, Spain), Sékou Koïta ( Red Bull Salzburg, Austria).

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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