Senegal and Besiktas striker Demba Ba has been left out of Senegal’s National football preliminary squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The former West Ham, Newcastle United and Chelsea man has made 19 appearances for the super lig side, scoring 16 goals.

And despite the form, Ba will now give in to former Newcastle team-mate Papiss Cisse, who will provide Senegal’s main goal threat.

Demba Ba was excluded from the party for their final qualifiers against Egypt and Botswana last month and at the time, Giresse claimed the player was injured, which was publicly refuted by the 29-year-old.

Newcastle United’s Papis Cisse will pair up with Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke City, Sadio Mane of Southampton and Diafra Sakho of West Ham among others.

Senegal will face Ghana, Algeria and South Africa in Group C, as the side seeks opportunity in the knockout stages.

Senegal Squad

Goalkeepers: Pape Demba Camara (Sochaux), Bouna Coundoul (Ethnikos Achnas ), Lys Gomis (Trappani), Ousmane Mane (Diambars)

Defenders: Papy Djilobodji (Nantes), Boukary Drame (Atalanta), Lamine Gassama (Lorient), Ibrahima Mbaye (Inter), Cheikh Mbengue (Rennes), Kara Mbodj (Genk), Lamine Sane (Bordeaux), Pape Ndiaye Souare (Lille), Zargo Toure (Le Havre)

Midfielders: Stephane Badji (Brann), Pape Kouli Diop (Levante), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Lille), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), Alfred Ndiaye (Real Betis), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Bodo Glimt), Salif Sane (Hanover)

Strikers: Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Sion), Sadio Mane (Southampton), Dame Ndoye (Lokomotiv Moscow), Henri Saivet (Bordeaux), Diafra Sakho (West Ham), Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce)

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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