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Amadou Diawara’s form for Napoli rewarded with call-up to the Guinea squad

DiawaraNapoli midfielder Amadou Diawara could make his first appearance for Guinea after being called up for the first time by coach Paul Put.

Diawara pledged allegiance to his country of birth back in March, with speculation surrounding the fact that the ex-Bologna man was looking to gain Italian citizenship.

Another potential debutant is the 31-year old Aly Keita, a Swedish born goalkeeper who is also eligible to play for Norway.

He and Diawara expressed the desire to represent Guinea back in spring of this year, alongside Fulham’s Ibrahima Cissé and Nantes’ Abdoulaye Touré.

However, Paul Put has stated his reluctance to call up too many fresh faces, electing to leave out Abdoulaye Touré and 20 year-old Jules Keita, both who have performed well in Ligue 1.

“We play a match that is important. We don’t need inexperienced players,” Paul Put explained.

“Jules is an excellent player. There are young people that we follow very closely.

“This is the first time he has played at the highest level. He still has to learn. We need the qualification first and then we can do other things.”

Guinea will train in Morocco ahead of their double header against Rwanda. Guinea sit atop of Group B, ahead of Cote D’Ivoire, CAR and bottom of the group, Rwanda.

Naby Keita has been named in the squad despite an injury scare suffered during Liverpool’s defeat to Napoli during the week. As captain of the national side, his absence would definitely have been felt, but Guinea appear confident he will be available.

Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Ibrahima Traore has also been recalled after last being selected back in June. If the winger plays both matches, he will match Kanfory Sylla as Guinea’s 10th most capped player, with 43 caps.

Guinea Squad:

Goalkeepers: Aly Keita (Östersund, Sweden), Naby Yattara (ES Paulhan-Pézénas, France), Ibrahima Koné (Pau FC, France)

Defenders: Ernest Séka (Nancy, France), Ibrahima Sory Conté (FC Chamois Niortais, France), Mohamed Aly Camara (Young Boys, Switzerland), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse, France), Fodé Camara (GFC Ajaccio, France), Ousmane Sidibé (AS Béziers, France), Sékou Condé (Châteauroux, France), Baissama Sankoh (SM Caen, France)

Midfielders: Naby Keita (Liverpool, England), Ibrahima Cissé (Fulham, England), Mady Camara (Olympiakos, Greece), Ibrahima Traore (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Germany), Alkhaly Bangoura (Al Fateh, Saudi Arabia), Amadou Diawara (Napoli, Italy), Boubacar Fofana (Gaz Metan Medias, Romania)

Forwards: José Martinez Kanté (Legia Warszawa, Poland), Mohamed Yattara (Auxerre, France), Sory Kaba (Elche, Spain), Lass Bangoura (Rayo Vallecano, Spain), Seydouba Soumah (Maccabi Haifa, Israel) and François Kamano (Bordeaux, France)

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