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Senegal Skipper Kouyate Called Up

30 August 2018

Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté has been selected for Senegal’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Madagascar next month.

The Eagles’ summer arrival will once again captain his country, as he did in the 2018 World Cup where the Teranga Lions were cruelly eliminated in the group stages by virtue of having more yellow cards than Japan, who they had finished level on points and goals with.

Manager Aliou Cisse – formerly of Birmingham City – has decided to revamp his squad and named five uncapped players while seven of the World Cup squad have been omitted, including first-choice goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye, Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf and Kouyaté’s former West Ham United teammate Diafra Sakho.

Kouyaté has won 42 caps for his country and is hoping to represent Senegal in his third Africa Cup of Nations next year. They currently top their qualifying group after one game, having beaten Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in June 2017. Sudan are the fourth team in the group, which will see the top two teams advancing to the finals in Cameroon during the summer of 2019.

Senegal squad:

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes, France), Alfred Gomis (SPAL, Italy), Edouard Mendy (Reims, France).

Defenders: Ibrahima Mbaye (Bologna, Italy), Pape Abdou Cissé (Olympiakos, Greece), Lamine Gassama (Göztepe, Turkey), Adama Mbengue (Caen, France), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Salif Sané (Schalke, Germany), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux, France)

Midfielders: Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace, England), Sidy Sarr (Châteauroux, France), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Cheikh Ndoye (Angers, France), Alfred Ndiaye (Malaga, Spain)

Forwards: Mbaye Niang (Torino, Italy), Ismaïla Sarr (Rennes, France), Keita Baldé (Inter Milan, Italy), Moussa Konaté (Amiens, France), Mbaye Diagne (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sadio Mané (Liverpool, England), Opa Nguette (Metz, France), Amath Ndiaye (Getafe, Spain)

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