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Mali's Coach Announces 28-Player Roster for Friendly Against Super Eagles

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Prince Jean

Mar 16, 2024

FIFA Friendlies

Mali's Coach Eric Sekou Chelle, ready to lead his 28-player squad in the upcoming friendly against the Super Eagles.

Eric Sekou Chelle, the esteemed head coach of Mali's national football team, has expertly curated a 28-player roster for the upcoming international friendlies against Mauritania and Nigeria. The Mali Eagles are scheduled to face off against the Nigerian team in an eagerly anticipated match at the Grande de Marrakech in Morocco on March 26.

The squad boasts significant talent, headlined by Amadou Haidara, the celebrated midfielder from RB Leipzig in Germany, who recently made headlines by scoring in the match against FC Köln on March 15, 2024, as detailed in RB Leipzig's official match report. Alongside Haidara, notable inclusions are El Bilal Toure from Atalanta, Mamadou Dounmbia of Watford, and Hamari Traore, who currently plays for Real Sociedad.

In a surprising turn, Yves Bissouma of Tottenham Hotspur was left out of the squad, sparking discussions among fans and analysts. The full lineup includes a blend of experienced and emerging talents across various European clubs, promising a dynamic and competitive performance in the upcoming fixtures.

Full Squad Announcement:

- Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Young Africans), Mamadou Samassa (Laval), Bourama Kone (Yeelen Olympique)

- Defenders: Hamari Traore (Real Sociedad), Falaye Sacko, Boubacar Kouyate, Modibo Sagnan (all from Montpellier), Sikou Niakate (Braga), Cheick Omar Konate (Clermont Foot), Daouda Guindo, Abdoulaye Diaby (both from St. Gallen), Mamadou Fofana (Amiens SC)

- Midfielders: Amadou Haidara (Leipzig), Diadie Samassekou (Cadiz CF), Lassana Coulibaly (Salernitana), Kamory Doumbia (Brest), Mamadou Maiga (FC Pari Nizhniy Novgorod), Mamadou Doumbia (Antwerp), Mamady Diambou (Salzburg), Ibrahim Diarra (Africa Foot)

- Forwards: El Bilal Toure (Atalanta), Moussa Sylla (Pau FC), Nene Dorgeles (Salzburg), Fousseni Diabate (Luusanne Sport), Lassine Sinayoko (Auxerre), Youssoufou Niakaté (Baniyas), Mamadou Doumbia (Watford), Ibahim Sissoko (Saint-Étienne).

This selection by Coach Chelle not only highlights the depth of talent within the Mali national team but also underscores the team's ambition to excel in the forthcoming friendlies, leveraging Haidara's recent on-field success and the collective prowess of the chosen players. Fans and enthusiasts are keenly awaiting the Mali Eagles' performance, especially in the high-stakes match against Nigeria, which promises to be a showcase of African football's burgeoning talent and competitive spirit.

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