9 January 2013

Niger: Afcon 2013 - Nation Announce Final Squad

Photo: Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix
Tresor Mputu of the Democratic Republic of Congo, right, during the team's opening match against Ghana.

Niger has named its final squad that is to compete at the Tournament with 10 days left to the kick off of Africa Cup of Nations. The team will be led by skipper Moussa Maazou who turns out for Tunisian powerhouse Etoile du Sahel.

Only three players have been dropped from the provisional list and these are Mohammed Wonkoye of Asec Mimosas, Idi Sabiou of Akokona and Ibrahim Benjamin of AS Garde Nationale.

Defender Koffi Dankowa who turns out for Esperance in Tunisia as well as Amadou Mountari of French Ligue 2 side Le Mans are part of the team. Niger is pooled in Group 'B' together with Ghana, Mali and DR Congo.

Final squad of 23 :

Goalkeepers: Daouda Kassaly (Chippa United/South Africa), Saminou Rabo (Sahel SC), Moussa Alzouma (AS Garde Nationale)

Defenders: Mohammed Chicoto (AS Marsa/Tunisia), Koffi Dankowa (Esperance Zarzis/Tunisia), Mohamed Soumaila (Olympic Niamey), Mohamed Bachar (AS Douane), Kourouma Fatogoma (Chabab/ Morocco), Lucky James (AS Douane), Ismael Alassane, Kader Amadou (Olympic Niamey)

Midfielders: Karim Konaté (without club), Idrissa Laouali (Mangasport/Gabon), Issiakou Koudizé (AS Garde Nationale), Babacar Talatou (AmaZulu/South Africa), Williams N'Gonou (LB 07/Sweden), Souleymane Sakou (Olympic Niamey), Amadou Mountari (Le Mans/France), Issoufou Boubacar (without club)

Strikers: Moussa Maazou (Etoile du Sahel/Tunisia), Kamilou Daouda (JS Saoura/Algeria), Modibo Sidibé (without club), Issoufou Danté (Wydad Fès/Morocco)

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