Southampton supporters can catch their first glimpse of new signing Moussa Djenepo when the exciting young winger represents Mali at this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The 21-year-old, who has eight caps for the Eagles, faces competition from Tunisia, Mauritania and Angola in Group E.
The top two from each group and four best third-placed countries will progress to the last 16 of the 24-team tournament, which follows the same format as the European Championships.
“I am really looking forward to it,” Djenepo said. “It is my first Africa Cup of Nations and I can’t wait to experience it. I’m going into it with a positive mentality.
“We will take things step by step and go as far as we possibly can, rather than set targets. I hope it goes well and I will do everything possible to honour my nation.
Mali, two-time AFCON semi-finalists, drew 1-1 with Cameroon in the latest warm-up fixture, and take on Algeria in a friendly on Sunday 16th June, before starting their campaign against Mauritania on Monday 24th June.
They then face well-fancied Tunisia four days later, before going head to head with Angola on Tuesday 2nd July.
Saints’ Sofiane Boufal will also be in action, having been called up by Morocco, who are in Group D with Ivory Coast, South Africa and Namibia, but Mario Lemina misses out after Gabon were elminated in the qualifying competition.
Host nation Egypt, led by Mo Salah, are the favourites to lift the trophy when the tournament concludes in Cairo on Friday 19th July.
All matches will be screened live in the UK on Eurosport.