Keita in initial Mali squad for African Cup

Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita has been named in Mali’s

initial 27-man squad for the African Cup of Nations, suggesting he

has resolved his problems with the national football

federation.

Keita did not play for his country for nearly two years before

making his first appearance since the 2010 African Cup in a

qualifier in September.

The 31-year-old Keita’s international comeback continued Friday

when he was included in coach Alain Giresse’s first squad for next

month’s tournament.

France-born midfielder Samba Diakite of Nancy received his first

call up but experienced defender Adama Coulibaly was not picked and

is likely to miss out on the final squad with injury.

Mali will face Ghana, Botswana and Guinea in Group D at the

African Cup.