Burkina Faso announce preliminary Africa Cup of Nations squad
Posted: 1 January 2013 Time: 13:00
Striker Moumouni Dagano has been named in a preliminary squad of 28 players chosen by Burkina Faso for the upcoming African Cup of Nations, putting him in line for a sixth tournament appearance.
Dagano has played at five previous tournaments, scoring once in 12 appearances since first competing at the 2000 edition, co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria.
Les Etalons coach Paul Put included French-based striker Alain Traore in his selection, hoping he will recover from injury in time for the country’s first match in Group C against Nigeria in Nelspruit on January 21.
Traore, from Ligue 1 club Lorient, will return to France on Wednesday to continue treatment in a bid to get ready for the Afcon, Put told reporters.
Overtures to French-born defender Steeve Yago of Toulouse to play at the tournament were turned down as the 20-year-old wanted to concentrate on his club career in Ligue 1. Yago, 20, is of Burkinabe descent.
Burkina Faso will cut their list by five players before leaving for South Africa on January 8.
Burkina Faso squad:
Goalkeepers: Daouda Diakite (Lierse), Abdoul Ouattara (Jeunesse Club Abidjan), Germain Sanou (St Etienne), Abdoulaye Soulama (Asante Kotoko)
Defenders: Soumaila Belem (Africa Sports), Mohamed Koffi (Petrojet), Bakary Kone (Olympique Lyon), Paul Koulibaly (Dinamo Bucharest), Mady Panandetiguiri (Antwerp), Bakary Soro (Arles-Avignon), Henri Traore (AshantiGold), Aboubacar Zerbo (Etoile Filante)
Midfielders: Salif Dianda (Ternana), Charles Kabore (Olympique Marseille), Djakaridja Kone (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Prejuce Nacoulma (Gornik Zabrze), Issouf Ouattara (Chernomorets Bougas), Jonathan Pitroipa (Stade Rennes), Ali Rabo (El Shorta), Florent Rouamba (Sheriff Tiraspol), Abdou Razack Traore (Lechia Gdansk), Wilfried Sanou (Kyoto Sanga)
Forwards: Wilfried Balima (Sheriff Tiraspol), Aristide Bance (FC Augsburg), Moumouni Dagano (Al Siliya), Wilfried Dah, Pierre Koulibaly (both Al Dhaid), Alain Traore (Lorient)