Mali name Afcon 2019 squad four days late

Mali on Saturday became the last country to name their final squad of 23 players for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt – four days after the deadline for doing so.

Among the eight forwards is Moussa Djenepo, a $19 million (17 mn euros) signing by Premier League club Southampton this week from Belgian outfit Standard Liege.

The Malian Eagles, whose best Cup of Nations showing was finishing runners-up to Congo Brazzaville in 1972, are in Group E with Angola, Mauritania and Tunisia.

Hosts Egypt play Zimbabwe on June 21 in the opening match of the 24-nation tournament with the final set for July 19.

Mali squad

Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien), Adama Keita (Djoliba), Ibrahima Mounkoro (TP Mazembe/COD)

Defenders: Mamadou Fofana (Metz/FRA), Massadio Haidara (Lens/FRA), Youssouf Kone (Lille/FRA), Boubacar Kiki Kouyate (Troyes/FRA), Falaye Sacko (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Hamari Traore (Rennes/FRA), Molla Wague (Nottingham Forest/ENG)

Midfielders: Lassana Coulibaly (Rangers/SCO), Cheick Doucoure (Lens/FRA), Amadou Haidara (RB Leipzig/GER), Diadie Samassekou (Salzburg/AUT), Adama Traore (Cercle Bruges/BEL)

Forwards: Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes/FRA), Abdoulaye Diaby (Sporting/POR), Moussa Djenepo (Southampton/ENG), Moussa Doumbia (Reims/FRA), Sekou Koita (Wolfsberg/AUT), Moussa Marega (Porto/POR), Adama Niane (Charleroi/BEL), Adama Traore (Orleans/FRA)

Coach: Mohamed Magassouba (MLI)







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