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The 23-man Teranga Lions to participate in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations were named at a news conference in Dakar on Wednesday

Senegal coach Amara Traore, who on Tuesday extended his contract for three more years after deep anxieties, named his 2012 Africa Cup of Nations list on Wednesday at a press conference in Dakar.

The squad includes nearly all the players who helped Senegal achieve a brilliant qualification ahead of Cameroon and DR Congo. Former French junior internationals Cheikh Mbengue and Armand Traore, who both recently made nationality switch, were also called up to add fresh blood to the Lions’ mellowing defence manned by Marseille’s 33-year-old Souleymane Diawara.

Newcastle’s top striker Demba Ba, Wigan’s Mohamed Diame, Birmingham’s Guirane Ndaw and Mustapha Bayal Sall of Doincaster Rovers are the notable England-based players on the list.

The team’s top scorers Mamadou Niang, Issiar Dia, Moussa Sow and Papiss Cisse are also on board.

Senegal will be fine tuning at home from January 8, with pre-tournament friendlies against Sudan on January 12 and Tunisia on January 14, in Dakar.

Although many pundits deem the West African team as top favourites for next year’s showpiece, coach Traore says they are only underdogs “heading for the Gabon / Equatorial 2012 as an ordinary team.”

Pitted against Zambia, Libya and co-hosts Equatorial Guinea in Group A, the Teranga Lions will begin their campaign against the Chipolopolo on January 21.

List

 Name  Club
 Goalkeepers:  
 Bouna Coundoul  New York Red Bulls
 Khadim Ndiaye  ASC Linguere
 Pape Latyr Ndiaye  US Ouakam
 Defenders:  

 Omar Daf

 Stade Brest
 Pape M. Diakhate  Grenada
 Souleymane Diawara  Marseille
 Jacques Faty  Sivasspor
 Kader Mangane  Stade Rennes
 Cheikh Mbengue  Toulouse
 Mustapha Bayal Sall  Doincaster Rovers
 Lamine Sane  Bordeaux
 Armand Traore  Queens Park
 Midfielders:
 Issiar Dia  Fenerbahce
 Mohamed Diame  Wigan
 Remi Gomis  Valenciennes
 Guirane Ndaw  Birmingham City
 Forwards:
 Demba Ba  Newcastle
 Souleymane Camara  Montpellier
 Papiss Demba Cisse  Freiburg
 Ndiaye Deme Ndiaye  Arles-Avignon
 Dame Ndoye  Copenhagen
 Mamadou Niang  Al Saad
 Moussa Sow  Lille

 

 

 

 

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