Yves Bissouma, the pearl of the JMG Academy

Friday 1is October 2021, the national coach of Mali, Mohamed Magassouba was in front of the media to unveil the list of 29 Eagles selected for the double confrontation of the Malian national team against Kenya in Agadir on October 7 and in Nairobi on October 10 in the framework of the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. On reading this list, two notable facts stand out, the re-summoning of the midfielder from Brighton, Yves Bissouma and the arrival of a new Eagle, Moussa Sissako of Standard de Liège.

As part of the preparations for the double confrontation of the national team of Mali against Kenya in Agadir counting for the 3th day of the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 world in Group E, the national coach of Mali, Mohamed Magassouba was in front of the press to unveil the list of the selected Eagles.

According to coach Magassouba, the dual Mali-Kenya and Kenya-Mali meeting will not be easy, because nowadays there is no small football nation, all the matches are difficult. They are also very difficult for Mali, which found itself in the same pool with three countries geographically located at altitude. Namely: Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.

This is why he made it known that this meeting with Kenya will be a very exciting meeting, especially at the time of the 2e half-time but that the Malian team is ready to tackle the two matches despite certain constraints, particularly physiological.

As for the regrouping of the summoned players, coach Magassouba affirmed that this will be done on October 4 in Agadir and that all arrangements have been made by the federation and the authorities so that it can take place under better conditions.

Note that on the list of 29 players selected, communicated by the national coach, still appears the name of the player from Brighton, Yves Bissouma. This same one, which hovers a big gray area on his return to the nest of the Eagles, because of his tense relationship with trainer Magassouba. Until one or the other party can iron out this gray area, what is notable is that the name of the player concerned is high on the list of Eagles due to face Kenya on October 7 and 10. next. It remains to be seen whether he will confirm his presence.

Another point to underline in this list is the fact of the presence of a new head in the Malian selection, it is the Malian international, Moussa Sissako of Standard de Liège, who will finally be able to respond to this summons after having made a false jump in the selection of U23, qualified for CAN 2019.

The names of the 29 Eagles selected are: Djigui Diarra (Young Africa), Bosso Ibrahim Mounkoro (TP Mazembe), Mohamed Niaré (Stade Malien de Bamako), Ismael Diarra Diawara (Malmô), Hamari Traoré (Rennes), Falaye Sacko (Guimarães) , Massadio Haïdara (RC Lens), Charles Blonda Traoré (FC Nantes), Mamadou Fofana (Amiens), Boubacar Kiki Kouyaté (Metz), Senou Coulibaly (Dijon), Moussa Sissako (Standard Liège), Diadié Samassékou (Offenheim), Cheick Oumar Doucouré (RC Lens), Amadou Haïdara (RB Leipzig), Lassana Coulibaly (Salernitana), Mohamed Camara (RED BULL Salzburg), Adama Traoré (Hatayspor), Aliou Dieng (Al Ahly), Kouame Nguessan Rominique (Troyes), Yves Bissouma ( Brighton), Moussa Djénépo (Southampton), Moussa Doumbia (Reims), Adama Traoré (S. Tiraspol), Kevin Zohi (Vizela), Ibrahim Koné (Sarpsborg), El Bilal Touré (Reims), Kalifa Coulibaly (FC Nantes) and Mahamadou Doucouré (Nimes).

By Safiatou Coulibaly

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