Senegal name roster for Cote D’Ivoire clash without El Hadji Diouf

The Teranga Lions will be facing their West African arch-rivals without former captain Diouf whom many thought would make the list after his five-year ban was lifted last week

Senegal coach Joseph Koto has published his list of players to face Cote D’Ivoire in the return leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final round qualifying slated for October 13 in Dakar.

Two-time African Footballer of the Year El Hadji Diouf, who joined Leeds United last August from Doncaster Rovers in the English Championship, did not make the list contrary to wide expectations.

The 31-year-old striker had his five-year suspension lifted by the Senegal football federation last week after a number of officials clamoured for his return to help the outfit knock out the Elephants, who carried off the first leg on a 4-2 score, which local pundits attributed to a better experience.

However, Koto says his priority is to build a future team by rejuvenating the set up, which explains his choice of calling up 13 players from the U23 team that participated in the 2012 London Olympic football tournament.

Former Fenerbahçe forward Issiar Dia was also left out. No reasons were given by the coach.

Senegal need to score two goals without conceding any to surmount the Ivorian hurdle and book a place for the South Africa 2013.


 Name  Club
 Bouna Coundoul  Paralim
 Ousmane Mane  Diambars
 Khadim Ndiaye  Kalmar
 Abdoulaye Ba  FC Porto
 Saliou Ciss  Tromso
 Pape Gueye  Metalistic
 Cheikhou Kouyate  Anderlecht
 Cheikh Mbengue  Toulouse
 Kara Mbodji  Tromso
 Lamine Sane  Bordeaux
 Pape Ndiaye Souare  Reims
 Zargo Toure  Le Havre
 Mouhamed Diame  West Ham
 Pape Couly Diop  Levante
 Ricardo Faty  Ajaccio
 Idrissa Gana Gueye  Lille
 Sadio Mane  Red Bull Salzbourg
 Demba Ba  Newcastle
 Papis Demba Cisse  Newcastle
 Moussa Konate  FC Krasnodar
 Dame Ndoye  FC Locommotiv
 Moussa Sow  Fenerbahçe
 Ibrahima Toure  Monaco