Senegalese coach Alain Giresse has called up AC Milan starlet Mbaye Niang for a friendly against Zambia later this month, prompting rumours that the teenage striker is set to switch his allegiances to the Senegalese national team.
The move comes after the French Football Federation handed Niang a one-year ban from all levels of the France national team, for breaking curfew during a training camp in October last year, and instead opting to go out clubbing in the middle of the 2013 U21 European Championship qualifying campaign.
Giresse once gain decided to snub Chelsea's Demba Ba from the squad that is set to play Zambia on August 14th in Paris, once again leaving Ba in the dark as to why he has not been selected to represent his home nation.
After being snubbed by the coach for the World Cup qualifiers against Angola and Liberia in June, Ba claimed that he "would have loved to be in the group, but [didn't] know why" he was left out.
It was thought that the omission was due to a penalty miss back in March, as Senegal drew with Angola 1-1, but according to FourFourTwo, Giresse claimed the decision was "purely a sporting one".
The previous snub may have been for sporting reasons, but this new snub suggests that there are problems within the Senegalese camp.
Senegal currently sits at the top of Group J in their World Cup qualifying campaign, after five rounds of play, which have yielded two wins and three draws for a total of nine points, one above Uganda, who trail them in the group.
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