Diarra gets Mali recall

Fulham midfielder, Mahamadou Diarra. Has been recalled by Mali after a year’s absence from international football to feature in their African Nations Cup qualifier against Botswana in Bamako on Saturday.
The 31 year old has not played for Mali since last June, after which he was not selected as a result of not playing regular football.
He missed January’s Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon where Mali finished a surprise third.
The return of the former Real Madrid hard man to regular action at Craven Cottage has earned him a recall from new Mali coach Patrick Carteron, who takes charge for the first time in the final round, first leg qualifier for the 2013 finals in South Africa.
Mali will have to do without Queens Park Rangers player Samba Diakite after he withdrew from the squad with a virus.