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Former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita will be leading the Malian Eagles to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa

Mali coach Patrice Carteron named his 2013 Africa Cup of Nation squad on Wednesday in Bamako after trimming a provisional 28-man list to 23 at the end of a brief workshop.

AC Milan central midfielder Bakaye Traore and Fulham’s Mahamadou Diarra are the notable absence from the squad. The later was dropped following a knee injury and the former due to tactical reasons, the French coach said.

Paris Saint Germain midfielder Momo Sissoko returns to the outfit after nearly three years of absence, while the team’s star player Seydou Keita will stand as captain.

Mali will open their campaign against Niger on January 20 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, before facing the two other Group B members Ghana and DR Congo.

List

Name Club
Goalkeepers:  
 Soumbeyla Diakite  Stade Malien
 Mamadou Samassa  Guingamp
 Ali Yirango  Djoliba
Defenders:  
 Adama Coulibaly  Auxerre
 Idrissa Coulibaly  Al Lekihwiya
 Ousmane Coulibaly  Brest
 Salif Coulibaly  Djoliba
 Fousseni Diawara  Ajaccio
 Mahamadou Ndiaye  Vitoria
 Adama Tamboura  Randers
 Molla Wague  Caen
Midfielders:  
 Sambou Diakite  QRP
 Seydou Keita  Dalian Aerbin
 Mohamed Sissoko  PSG
 Samba Sow  Lens
 Kalilou Traore  Sochaux
 Mahamane Traore  Nice
 Sambou Yatabare  Bastia
Forwards:  
 Cheick Diabate  Bordeaux
 Cheick F.M. Diarra  Rennes
 Sigamary Diarra  Ajaccio
 Modibo Maiga  West Ham
 Mamadou Samassa  Chievo

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