Bangui (Central African Republic) –
Marega, 28, is out of the 28-man provisional squad selected by Eagles coach Mohamed Magassouba due to a recent injury and is unlikely to be in top form for the Group A matches.
He missed Porto's last four games in all competitions, including their 2-0 loss to the Rangers in the Europa League on Thursday, and has played only once for the former Portuguese champions since he was injured last month.
Marega has played so far seven of Porto's ten league appearances this season, scoring four goals. He played for Mali for the last time at the recent African Cup of Nations in Egypt where he scored a goal to help Mali reach the round of 16.
Cercle Brugge midfielder Lansana Coulibaly, who has played in all four matches of the Mali Nations Cup, is another regular player who is not part of the team.
Two Turkish-based players who were not selected for the Nations Cup – Souleymane Diarra and Hadi Sacko – are recalled.
The inexperienced players born in France, Senou Coulibaly and Ibrahim Sissoko, are also included.
In front: Moussa Doumbia (Reims, France), Kalifa Coulibaly (Nantes, France), Adama Malouda Traore (Metz, France), Moussa Djenepo (Southampton, England), Sekou Koita (RB Salzburg, Austria), Hadi Sacko (Denizlispor, Turkey), Abdoulaye (Besiktas, Turkey), Fousseyni Diabate (Amiens, France), Ibrahima Sissoko (Niort, France).
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