Mali's midfielder Adama Traore celebrates with teammates after scoring at the U-20 World Cup
Monday Feb 20, 2017. 16:00
Mali have named their squad for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations and the roster does not include the name of star player Ally Malle.
The West Africans’ 21-man squad includes eight foreign-based players, but 2015 U-17 World Cup star Malle is not amongst them, with his Spanish club Granada refusing to release him.
However, Sadiki Maiga, who scored three goals at the U-17 World Cup, has been included in the squad.
The tournament will be held in the Zambian cities of Lusaka and Ndola from February 26 to March 12.
Mali will face Egypt, Zambia and Guinea in Group A. The four semifinalists will qualify for the 2017 U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
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).