Keita emerges from exile to steer Mali
07 February 2012, 10:06
Seydou Keita has emerged as the undisputed leader of an exciting
young Mali side six months after returning from a 20-month hiatus from
the international game.
The 32-year-old Barcelona midfielder was carried high on the shoulders
of his teammates after scoring the decisive penalty in the shootout
against Gabon in their African Nations Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.
It was an unlikely scenario a year ago when he was still refusing to
play for the team in protest at what he saw as bad organisation by the
country's soccer federation.
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