March 26, 2023

This Friday, the coach of Mali, Eric Chelle, unveiled his list of 26 players selected for the poster against Gambia on March 24 (in Bamako) and March 28 (in Casablanca, Morocco) on the occasion of the 3e and 4e CAN 2023 qualifying days.

At the head of their group with 3 points ahead of the Congo-Gambia duo, the Eagles will approach this double confrontation without several frames. Operated on his left ankle, Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma will be missing, as will ex-Reims striker El-Bilal Touré and substitute goalkeeper Ibrahim Mounkoro, also on the bench. Infirmary. Lorient centre-forward Ibrahima Koné will default due to suspension.

In this context, four new ones are summoned for the first time. Among them is central defender Issiar Dramé (photo), trained at Olympique Lyonnais and aligned 6 times with Bastia in Ligue 2 this season. There is also local goalkeeper Aboubacar Doumbia and Sheffield United midfielder Ismaila Coulibaly, who has already passed through the U20 selection. In form with US Monastir in the Confederation Cup (3 goals), striker Boubacar Traoré is also celebrating his first call-up. Already called up in 2019 but unable to honor his summons, striker Fousseni Diabaté, born in Aubervilliers, will have the opportunity to finally make his big debut. Note that a number of those called up could join the U23 selection which will face Senegal in the CAN U23 qualifiers.

For the rest, the headliners like Hamari Traoré, Falaye Sacko, Mohamed Camara, Amadou Haïdara and Sekou Koita will be here. Fallouts from Congo (4-0) then South Sudan (3-1), the Malians got off to a strong start in these qualifiers.

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