Football: Soccer-Mauritania name 16-year-old in Cup of Nations squad


(Reuters) – Mauritania have referred to as up three new European-based gamers plus 16-year-old midfielder Beyatt Lekweiry in a 28-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, the soccer federation mentioned on Friday.

Lewatt is a shock inclusion from coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa, who took over in November and has had restricted time working with the squad at a coaching camp in Abu Dhabi.

The squad additionally consists of strikers Pape Ibnou Ba from French Ligue 2 membership Le Havre, who was born in neighbouring Senegal, and Souleymane Doukara, born in France however taking part in at Giresunspor in Turkey.

They each made their debuts on Thursday in a warm-up worldwide in opposition to Burkina Faso, which ended goalless.

There can be a primary call-up for French-born defender Souleymane Karamoko, taking part in at Ligue 2 strugglers Nancy.

Mauritania will compete at a second successive Cup of Nations finals and are in Group F the place they meet Gambia first in Limbe on Jan. 12 adopted by Tunisia and Mali.


Goalkeepers: Babacar Diop (Police), Mohamed El Mokhtar (AS Douanes), Mbacke Ndiaye (Nouakchott Kings)

Defenders: Houssen Abderahmane (Francs Borains), Aly Abeid (Valenciennes), Harouna Abou Demba (unattached), Abdoul Ba (Al Ahli Tripoli), Diadie Diarra (Grand Ouest Lyonnais), El Hassen Houbeibib (Al Zawraa), Souleymane Karamoko (Nancy), Abdoulkader Thiam (US Boulogne)

Midfielders: Mohsen Bodda (FC Nouadhibou), Khassa Camara (NorthEast United), Ibréhima Coulibaly (Le Mans), Mohamed Dellahi Yaly (unattached), Guessouma Fofana (CFR Cluj), Beyatt Lekweiry (AS Douanes), Abdallahi Mahmoud (Istra 1961), Almike Ndiaye (Grand Ouest Lyonnais), Yacoub Sidi (Vita Club), Mohamed Soueid (FC Nouadhibou)

Forwards: Adama Ba (unattached), Pape Ibnou Ba (Le Havre) Oumar Camara (Beroe Stara Zagora), Souleymane Doukara (Giresunspor), Aboubakar Kamara (Aris Salonika), Hemeya Tanjy (FC Nouadhibou), Idrissa Thiam (ASAC Concorde)

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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