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Senegal recalls Ba



Chelsea forward Demba Ba has made a comeback to the Senegal national team and will participate in their international friendly against Mali on March in France.

The 28-year-old former Newcastle United striker played last with the Teranga Lions in June 2013 after which he was dropped following a fluffed penalty during Senegal’s campaign for the upcoming Fifa World Cup.

French coach Alain Giresse came under fire after Senegal’s elimination, prompting popular calls for the return of Ba to the outfit.

Papiss Cissé remains captain of the squad despite his low form at club level and criticisms back home from pundits who want him dropped.

Italian-born 24-year-old Lys Gomis, goalkeeper of Serie A side Torino, gets his first call up to the Senegal team while Diafra Sakho, Ousmane Mané, Ricardo Faty and Mustapha Bayal Sall were unexpectedly not invited.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul, Cheikh Ndiaye, Lys Gomis.

Defenders: Lamine Gassama, Issa Cissokho, Lamine Sané, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Kara Mbdoji, Papy Djilobodji, Cheikh M’Bengue, Pape Ndiaye Souaré.

Midfielders: Mouhamed Diamé, Idrissa Gueye, Salif Sané, Stéphane Badji, Alfred Ndiaye, Sadio Mané, Henri Saivet.

Forwards: Moussa Sow, Dame Ndoye, Papiss Demba Cissé, Mame Birame Diouf, Demba Ba.

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