Senegal call up Ba for ANC

Ba has lit up the Premier League with 14 goals this season but will

leave Magpies manager Alan Pardew with a headache when he hooks up

with his national side for the continental tournament that runs

from January 21 to February 12. Pardew hopes he can hold on to Ba

until January 15, when his side play QPR in the league. Ba is one

of several impressive attacking options at Senegal coach Amara

Traore’s disposal, with Lille’s Moussa Sow, the top scorer in Ligue

1 last season with 25 goals, Freiburg’s Papiss Demba Cisse and FC

Copenhagen’s Dame N’Doye all highly rated. QPR’s Armand Traore,

Wigan’s Mohamed Diame and Guirane N’Daw of Birmingham are the other

English-based players in the 23-man squad for the tournament in

Guinea and Gabon. Senegal face Guinea, Zambia and Libya in Group A.

Senegal squad: Khadim Ndiaye (Linguere), Bouna Coundoul

(Unattached), Pape Latyr Ndiaye (Ouakam); Kader Mangane (Rennes),

Souleymane Diawara (Marseille), Lamine Sane (Bordeaux), Jacques

Faty (Sivasspor), Moustapha Bayal Sall (St Etienne), Pape Malickou

Diakhate (Granada), Cheikh Mbengue (Toulouse), Armand Traore (QPR),

Omar Daf (Brest); Remi Gomis (Valenciennes), Mohamed Diame (Wigan),

Guirane N’Daw (Birmingham), Ndiaye Deme Ndiaye (Arles); Issiar Dia

(Fenerbahce), Moussa Sow (Lille), Papiss Demba Cisse (Freiburg),

Souleymane Camara (Montpellier), Mamadou Niang (Al Sadd), Demba Ba

(Newcastle), Dame N’Doye (FC Copenhagen).