Senegal Striker Sakho to miss Nations’ Cup

Senegal striker Diafra Sakho is out of the African Nations Cup and will be replaced by Moussa Konate 21,  from FC Sion, the Senegal Football Federation said on Wednesday.  Sakho was ruled out after examination by Senegal team doctors in Dakar on Tuesday. The West Ham United leading goal scorer has had a persistent back injury which flared up again on New Year’s Day whilst playing against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Senegal’s squad left Dakar on Wednesday for a training camp in Morocco where the fitness of Southampton’s Sadio Mane will also be assessed.

They will play warm-up International friendlies against Gabon in El Jadida on Friday and Guinea next Tuesday in Casablanca. Senegal are in Group C with Algeria, Ghana and South Africa.