Ivorian goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangar who features in the GladAfrica Championship will be seeking a starting berth at this year's Afcon at the fourth attempt for the West African nation.
Despite a low profile in South Africa, Badra Ali Sangare is at his fourth Afcon finals with Ivory Coast and will be standing as one of four keepers for the tournament heavyweights.
Though he is doing duty for promotion chasing JDR Stars in the GladAfrica Championship he has found his way through The Elephants squad featuring Eric Bailly of Manchester United, Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal), Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha and Wily Boly from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Sangare will face competition in the goalkeeping department from Sylvain Gbohouo who plays in Ethiopia along with two local based keepers Abdoul Karim Cisse and Tape Eliezer.
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Due to turn 36 on his next birthday in May, Sangare is the second oldest player in the squad after fellow keeper Cisse.
Sangare has previously been to the 2013, 2017 and 2019 editions of the Afcon without earning any minutes sitting out all those tournaments as back up.
Though first choice Gbohouo is in the squad for the tournament he has a pending doping related matter over his head for which he was provisionally suspended.
This has then presented Sangare with an opportunity for his break through should he win the favour of coach Patrice Meaumelle.
Sangare has been the first choice for promotion chasing JDR Stars this season and has previously done duty for Free State Stars and Uthongathi.
Ivory Coast will get their latest Afcon finals campaign underway against Equatorial Guinea in Douala on Wednesday night.
JDR Stars have two players at the Afcon finals with Ishmael Wadi doing duty for Zimbabwe.