Senegal names African Cup squad, resolves dispute

Senegal coach Amara Traore has named his 23-man squad for next

month’s African Cup of Nations after the football federation

resolved a dispute with the sports ministry that threatened the

country’s tournament preparations.

Traore included Newcastle striker Demba Ba and Lille forward

Moussa Sow in Tuesday’s selection after federation and ministry

officials met to end a standoff that centered on the coach’s new

contract and the team’s budget for the tournament.

The Senegalese Football Federation last week cut off contact

with the ministry after delays over a new contract for Traore.

Traore said Tuesday his new deal was settled and Senegal would

play friendly matches against Sudan and Tunisia before the Jan.

21-Feb. 12 competition.