Dagano poised for sixth Nations Cup

Moumouni Dagano
Moumouni Dagano

Striker Moumouni Dagano has been named in Burkina Faso's preliminary Africa Cup of Nations squad of 28 players.

If he makes the final cut of 23, Dagano will travel to South Africa for his sixth tournament appearance.

Dagano has played at five tournaments, scoring once in 12 appearances since the 2000 finals in Ghana and Nigeria.

Stallions coach Paul Put has also gambled on injured France-based striker Alain Traore.

The hope in the Burkinabe camp is that Traore will recover in time for the first Group C tie against Nigeria on 21 January.

Traore, from Ligue 1 club Lorient, will return to France on Wednesday to continue treatment in a bid to get ready for the finals, Put told reporters.

Overtures to French-born defender Steeve Yago of Toulouse to play at the tournament were turned down as the 20-year-old wanted to concentrate on his club career in Ligue 1.

Yago, 20, is of Burkinabe descent.

Burkina Faso will cut their squad by five players before leaving for South Africa on 8 January.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Daouda Diakite (Lierse, Belgium), Abdoul Ouattara (Jeunesse Club Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Germain Sanou (St Etienne, France), Abdoulaye Soulama (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)

Defenders: Soumaila Belem (Africa Sports, Ivory Coast), Mohamed Koffi (Petrojet, Egypt), Bakary Kone (Lyon. France), Paul Koulibaly (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Mady Panandetiguiri (Antwerp, Belgium), Bakary Soro (Arles-Avignon, France), Henri Traore (AshantiGold, Ghana), Aboubacar Zerbo (Etoile Filante)

Midfielders: Salif Dianda (Ternana, Italy), Charles Kabore (Marseille, France), Djakaridja Kone (Evian Thonon Gaillard, France), Prejuce Nacoulma (Gornik Zabrze, Poland), Issouf Ouattara (Chernomorets Bougas, Bulgaria), Jonathan Pitroipa (Stade Rennes, France), Ali Rabo (El Shorta, Egypt), Florent Rouamba (Sheriff Tiraspol, Moldova), Abdou Razack Traore (Lechia Gdansk, Poland), Wilfried Sanou (Kyoto Sanga, Japan)

Forwards: Wilfried Balima (Sheriff Tiraspol. Moldova), Aristide Bance (FC Augsburg, Germany), Moumouni Dagano (Al Siliya, Qatar), Wilfried Dah, Pierre Koulibaly (both Al Dhaid, UAE), Alain Traore (Lorient, France)

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