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Pogba’s brother ruled-out of Guinea AFCON squad

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Florentin Pogba

 

Florentin Pogba, whose is the elder brother of the more popular Paul Pogba of Manchester United has been ruled out of their native county’s team to the Africa Cup of Nations.

He is one of the two players that Guinea has lost due to injury even as the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in 13 days’ time.

Pogba, a defender with French Ligue 2 sides, FC Sochaux-Montbeliard and another defender,  Antoine Conte of Romania’s Universitatea Craiova, have been excluded from the Guinea squad.

Pogba’s club, on Sunday morning revealed that the 31-year old  sustained a knee injury and will therefore not be available for the 2021 AFCON.

To compound the injury woe, Conte had just returned from injury and decided to opt out of the tournament himself as he felt another, more fit player, could have a bigger impact on the team.

The Guinea Syli Nationale’s 27-man squad is being led by Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita and was initially built around Pogba and  former Barcelona player Ilaix Moriba.

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Guinea are drawn in Group B alongside last edition’s finalists Senegal as well as Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Guinea head coach, Kaba Diawara, has decided to replace the duo with Horoya AC defender Fode Camara and 21-year-old Gaoussou Youssouf Siby from Wakirya AC.

This bring the number of Guinean-based players to four, with three of them plying their trade for Horoya AC.

Full (updated) squad:

Goalkeepers: Aly Keita (Ostersund, Sweden), Ibrahima Kone (Hibernians, Malta), Moussa Camara (Horoya, Guinea).

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Defenders: Saidou Sow (St Etienne, France), Ibrahima Conte (Niort, France), Ousmane Kante (Paris FC, France), Mohamed Aly Camara (Young Boys, Switzerland), Pa Konate (Botev Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Issiaga Sylla (Toulouse, France), Mikael Dyrestam (Sarpsborg 08, Norway), Fode Camara (Horoya AC, Guinea).

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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