Mane and Koulibaly lead Senegal’s World Cup squad
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WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN—26 DAYS
Senegal have named their final 23-man squad for the World Cup, with Liverpool forward Sadio Mane leading a group that also includes key defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate.
Coach Aliou Cisse, the captain of the 2002 Senegal team that reached the quarter-finals in the country's only previous World Cup appearance, also gambled on Thursday on Monaco winger Keita Balde, out injured, and Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji, who is on his way back from injury.
The 20-year-old Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr also made the final squad.
Senegal face Poland, Japan and Colombia in the group stage in Russia.
Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya).
Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kara Mbodii (Anderlecht), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Salif Sane (Hannover 98), Moussa Wague (Eupen).
Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennes).
Keita Balde (Monaco), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennes), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor)