Diarra back in Mali squad

BAMAKO - Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has been named in a 23-man Mali squad for their 2010 World Cup qualifier at home to Sudan on October 11 after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

The 28-year-old made his first appearance in nearly a year last week, coming on as a substitute in Real's 2-0 La Liga victory over Villarreal.

Neither side can qualify for the World Cup in South Africa but a win for Mali would earn them a place at next year's African Nations Cup finals in Angola.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Soumaila Diakite (Stade Malien), Mahamadou Sidibe (Omonia Nicosia), Almamy Sogoba (Real Bamako)

Defenders: Ousmane Berthe (Jomo Cosmos), Abdoulaye Cissoko (Stade Malien), Adama Coulibaly (AJ Auxerre), Drissa Diakite (Nice), Souleymane Diamoutene (Bari), Bakary Soumare (Boulogne-sur-Mer), Adama Tamboura (Helsingborg)

Midfielders: Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid), Sigamari Diarra (Lorient), Lassana Fane (Al Merreikh), Seydou Keita (Barcelona) Abdallaye Maiga (Stade Malien), Mahamadou Mariko (Djoliba), Samba Sow (Racing Lens), Bakaye Traore (Nancy)

Forwards: Frederic Kanoute (Sevilla), Modibo Maiga (Le Mans), Tenema Ndiaye (Nantes), Mahamadou Samassa (Valenciennes), Moustapha Yatabare (Clermont Foot).