Afcon 2017: Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako in Mali squad

Bakary Sako
Bakary Sako has 14 caps for Mali and has scored six goals

Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako has made the final cut to be in the Mali squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The France-born 28-year-old has endured an injury-hit last few months but is the biggest name in the 23-man list unveiled by coach Alain Giresse.

Mali are preparing for the tournament in Casablanca, Morocco with friendlies against Burkina Faso and a local side.

They will travel to Gabon on 14 January and will come up against Ghana, Egypt and Uganda in Group D.

Mali squad:

Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra (Stade Malien), Soumaila Diakite (Stade Malien), Oumar Sissoko (Orleans/FRA)

Defenders: Ousmane Coulibaly (Panathinaikos/GRE), Hamari Traore (Reims/FRA), Molla Wague (Udinese/ITA), Salif Coulibaly (TP Mazembe/COD), Mohamed Oumar Konate (Renaissance Berkane/MAR), Youssouf Kone (Lille/FRA), Charles Traore, Mahamadou N'Diaye (both Troyes/FRA)

Midfielders: Yacouba Sylla (Montpellier/FRA), Adama Traore (Monaco/FRA), Mamoutou N'Diaye (Royal Antwerp/BEL), Lassana Coulibaly (Bastia/FRA), Sambou Yatabare (Werder Bremen/GER), Samba Sow (Kayserispor/TUR), Yves Bissouma (Lille/FRA)

Forwards: Moussa Marega (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Mustpaha Yatabare (Kardemir Karabukspor/TUR), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace/ENG), Moussa Doumbia (Rostov/RUS), Kalifa Coulibaly (Gent/BEL)