By Angu Lesley
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, has been recalled to Mali’s squad for the African Cup of Nations, after three year of absence.
Mali’s head coach Mohamed Magassouba on Friday named Bissouma in his 28-man squad ahead of the competition that kicks off in Cameroon on 9 January.
The 25-year-old professional has not featured in Mali’s games since a Nations Cup qualifier in 2018 after allegedly falling out with the coach and as well missed the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt due to a shoulder injury.
With regards to the call up, English Premier League club, Brighton has retaliated not been contacted directly about Bissouma’s call-up for the Nations Cup.
Defensive midfielder Hamidou Traore, who last featured in the squad in March was also selected but Cheick Doucoure from Racing Lens was an omission not expected after playing Mali’s World Cup qualification in September.
Mali, who have also qualified for Africa’s 2022 World Cup play-offs, and are drawn in Group F of the AFCON, will begin the battle of the tournament on January 12,2022 against Tunisia and then take on Gabon and Mauritania at the Ominisport stadium in Limbe.
Mali squad for Afcon 2021
Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Young Africans, Tanzania), Ismael Diawara (Malmo, Sweden), Ibrahima Mounkoro (TP Mazembe, DR Congo).
Defenders: Senou Coulibaly (Dijon, France), Mamadou Fofana (Amiens, France), Massadio Haidara (Racing Lens, France), Boubacar Kiki Kouyate (Metz, France), Falaye Sacko (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Issiaka Samake (Horoya, Guinea), Moussa Sissako (Standard Liege, Belgium), Charles Traore (Nantes, France), Hamari Traore (Stade Rennes, France).
Midfielders: Yves Bissouma (Brighton and Hove Albion, England), Mohamed Camara (RB Salzburg, Austria), Lassana Coulibaly (Salernitana, Italy), Aliou Dieng (Al Ahly, Egypt), Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig, Germany), Romenigue Kouame (Troyes, France), Diadie Samassekou (Hoffenheim, Germany), Adama ‘Noss’ Traore (Hatayspor, Turkey), Hamidou Traore (Giresunspor, Turkey).
Forwards: Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes, France), Moussa Doumbia (Stade Reims, France), Moussa Djenepo (Southampton, France), Ibrahima Kone (Sarpsborg, Norway), Lassine Sinayoko (AJ Auxerre, France), Adama “Malouda” Traore (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova), El Bilal Toure (Stade Reims, France).
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