Keita, who has spoken of his frustration at the national set-up and a desire to concentrate on his club career, has turned down repeated call-ups since he won the last of his 62 caps in January 2010 at the Nations Cup finals in Angola.
Coach Alain Giresse named Keita in his 24-man squad for Saturday's game in Bamako.
Mali will go top of qualifying Group A if they win, leaving them well placed ahead of October's final round of matches.
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