Africa Cup of Nations: Mali goalkeeper Samassa clarifies absence from squad

Goalkeeper Mamdaou Samassa plays his club football for Troyes in France

Goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa says he declined a place in Mali’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt because coach Mohamed Magassouba “has not kept to his promise”.

The 29-year-old was reacting to claims by Magassouba that the player did not honour the call-up because he had not been given assurances of being Mali’s first choice keeper at the Nations Cup.

“I told him that no player is guaranteed a position before starting the competition,” Magassouba had told website Footmali.

Samassa, who plays in France for Troyes and was with Mali at the 2013 and 2015 Nations Cups, said he wanted to “clarify” the situation.

“I read and heard a lot of comments about my non-participation in Afcon, and through this message I wanted to clarify things,” Samassa said in a statement on social media.