Senegal lose six players for friendly fixture with Niger

Demba Ba

Senegal will be without six regulars for Wednesday's international friendly against Niger, including the Newcastle United striker Demba Ba.

Ba played the full 90 minutes for Newcastle on Sunday, as they lost 1-0 at home to West Ham in the Premier League.

He completed his domestic duties, only to then withdraw from the national squad for the match in Niamey.

Others to reportedly pull out of the squad include Lamine Sane (Bordeaux), Cheikh Mbengue (Toulouse), Pape Ndiaye Souare (Stade Reims), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Lille) and Qatar-based Issiar Dia (Lekhwiya).

Senegal's caretaker coach, Mayacine Mar, has drafted in Ibrahima Ba (Istres), Malick Mane (Sogndal) and Pape Alioune Diouf (Kalmar) as replacements.

The Lions of Teranga failed to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations. They were disqualified after rioting fans forced their match at home to Ivory Coast to be abandoned.

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