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Dieng headlines Senegal 19-player preliminary squad for AfroBasket 2017 training camp

14 Gorgui  DIENG (Senegal); 5 Xane  DALMEIDA (Senegal)
Gorgui Dieng and Xane Dalmeida (SEN) - Senegal v Algeria, Afrobasket 2015, Radès (Tunisia), Quarter-Finals, 27 August 2015

DAKAR (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - Senegal have invited their current best players for training camp for this year's FIBA AfroBasket, the country's Basketball Federation announced on Thursday.

While head coach Porfirio Fisac kept all but three players from the Manila Olympic Qualifying Tournament, it's the returns of Gorgui Dieng, Mouhammad Faye as well as the addition of Georges Niang that makes this Senegal side very strong.

In fact, this is Senegal's most talented group of players in recent years. 

Senegal 19-player preliminary squad FIBA AfroBasket 2017
Adama Louis Adams Xane D’Almeida Gorgui Dieng Cheikh Diagne
Mouhammad Faye Clevin Hannah Pape Modou Mbaye Cheikh Mbodj
Antoine Mendy Hammady Ndiaye Malick Ndiaye Maurice Ndour
Maleye Ndoye Youssoupha Ndoye Georges Niang Sangone Niang
Thierno Niang Mouhamadou Lamine Sambe Djibril Thiam  

Dieng last played for Senegal two years ago, when he helped his country claim a Fourth-Place finish at FIBA AfroBasket 2015 in Tunisia. That tournament also marked Faye's last appearance for Senegal. 

Senegal will co-host the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 with Tunisia. The Western African country will host one of two Group Phases while Tunisia will organise a Group Phase as well as the Final Phase.

The 16-team African Championship will run from September 8-16.