Mali will again have to do without inspirational captain Mahamadou Diarra for their next two FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers but have been buoyed by the return of Momo Sissoko and Driss Diakite to their squad.

The pair are back from injury and available to coach Stephen Keshi for their Group D matches at home in Bamako to Ghana on 7 June and Benin on 21 June.

They missed the 1-1 draw in the Sudan in March at the start of the final group phase of African qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa Diarra, who plays at Real Madrid, has a long-term knee injury.

Keshi has made 11 changes to his squad, including French-born Sambou Yattabare and Mamadou Samassa for their potential FIFA World Cup qualifying debuts.

There is a return to the team for English-based winger Jimmy Kebe and Le Havre striker Mamadou Diallo.


Goalkeepers: Soumbeyla Diakité (Stade Malien), Mahamadou Sidibé (Ethnikos, Greece), Oumar Sissoko (FC Metz, France)

Defenders: Cheick Oumar Ball (ASKO), Adama Coulibaly (AJ Auxerre, France), Souleymane Diamouténé (Roma, Italy), Boubacar Sidiki Kone (Maghreb Fes, Morocco), Amadou Sidibe (AJ Auxerre, France), Bakary Soumaré (Chicago Fire, USA), Adama Tamboura (Helsingborg, Sweden)

Midfielders: Drissa Diakite (Nice, France), Souleymane Dembélé (Djoliba), Lassane Fane (Al Merreikh, Sudan), Jimmy Kebe (Reading, England), Seydou Keita (Barcelona, Spain), Mohamed Lamine Sissoko (Juventus, Italy), Bakaye Traoré (Amiens, France), El Hadj Mahamane Traoré (OGC Nice, France), Sambou Yattabare (Caen, France)

Strikers: Cheik Diabate (AC Ajaccio, France), Mamadou Diallo (Le Havre, France), Frédéric Kanouté (Sévilla, Spain), Mamadou Samassa (Olympique Marseille, France), Mustapha Yattabaré (Clermond Ferrand, France), Modibo Maiga (Le Mans, France).