New Mali coach Amadou Pathe Diallo has named a 25-man squad for this Sunday's friendly against Côte d'Ivoire in France and next month's FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers against Benin and Algeria.

Tongo Hamed Doumbia of French Ligue 1 side Rennes is one of three players handed a debut call-up to a squad otherwise dominated by players who starred in the Eagles run to the semi-finals of this year's CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

The game against the Ivorians will be played in the Paris suburbs, before Mali travel to Benin on 3 June and then entertain Algeria on 9 June.

Mali have been drawn in Group H in the second round of African qualifying, along with Algeria, Benin and Rwanda. Diallo was promoted to the role of coach after Frenchman Alain Giresse stepped down earlier this month.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Oumar Sissoko (Metz/FRA), Soumbeyla Diakite (Stade Malien Bamako), Almamy Sogoba (AS Real)
Defenders: Cedric Kante (Panathinaikos/GRE), Adama Tamboura (Metz/FRA), Ousmame Berthe (Jomo Cosmos/RSA), Mahamadou N'Diaye (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Drissa Diakite (Nice/FRA), Idrissa Coulibaly (Esperance/TUN), Abdoulaye Maiga (USM Alger/ALG), Moussa Coulibaly (Stade Malien)
Midfielders: Seydou Keita (Barcelona/ESP), Kalilou Traore (Odense/DEN), Abdou Traore (Bordeaux/FRA), Samba Sow (Lens/FRA), Bakaye Traore (Nancy/FRA), Samba Diakite (Nancy/FRA), Cheick Fantamady Diarra, Tongo Hamed Doumbia (both Rennes/FRA)
Forwards: Modibo Maiga (Sochaux/FRA), Cheick Tidiane Diabate (Bordeaux/FRA), Garra Dembele (Freiburg/GER), Moustapha Yatabare (Guingamp/FRA), Mamadou Samassa (Valenciennes/FRA), Ismaila Diarra (CO Bamako)