Mali coach Alain Giresse’s final squad for the continental show down in Gabon has been unveiled.
Young goalkeeper Djigui Diarra, who was impressive at the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup, has been given a chance, as did AS Monaco’s Adama Traore, who was adjudged Player of the Tournament.
That said, there was a fair representation of experienced players with the likes of 32-year-old goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite and Mustapha Yatabare of Turkish outfit Karabukspor.
The coach outlined the following men to ensure Mali gets hold of the trophy this time round.
Goalkeepers: Soumaila Diakite (Stade Malien de Bamako), Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien de Bamako), Oumar Sissoko (Orléans, France)
Defenders: Ousmane Coulibaly (Panathinaikos, Greece), Hamari Traore (Reims, France), Molla Wague (Udinese, Italy), Salif Coulibaly (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Mohamed Oumar Konate (RS Berkane, Morocco), Mahamadou N’Diaye (Troyes, France), Youssouf Kone (Lille, France)
Midfielders: Yves Bissouma (Lille, France), Mamoutou N’Diaye (Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Lassana Coulibaly (Bastia, France), Yacouba Sylla (Montpellier, France), Samba Sow (Kayserispor, Turkey), Adama Traore (AS Monaco, France), Sambou Yatabare (Werder Bremen, Germany)
Forwards: Moussa Marega (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal), Kalifa Coulibaly (Gent, Belgium), Mustapha Yatabare (Karabukspor, Turkey), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace, England), Moussa Doumbia (Rostov, Russia)
The Eagles, who are placed in Group D, will open their campaign against Egypt on January 17, before matches against Ghana and Uganda.