Africa Cup of Nations call for ex-Potters Bar Town ace

PUBLISHED: 15:04 28 December 2011

Sylvain Dossou playing for Potters Bar Town in 2009

Sylvain Dossou playing for Potters Bar Town in 2009

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FORMER Potters Bar Town midfielder Sylvain Dossou is set to join some of the world's top footballers at the Africa Cup of Nations next month.

Dossou is to play for West African nation Niger, while famous names such as Chelsea’s Didier Drogba is expected to turn out for the Ivory Coast, Mali’s Barcelona star Seydou Keita is also set to play as is Newcastle United’s Senegalese goal-machine Demba Ba.

While a hosts of top countries such as Egypt, Nigeria and Cameroon failed to reach the finals, being held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Niger have qualified for the first time in their history.

They have been draw in Group C alongside Morocco, Tunisia and Gabon.

Speaking on www.voxafrica.co.uk/sports360, former Scholar Dossou, who is currently on loan at Blue Square Bet North side Corby Town from Kettering Town, said: “I have been overjoyed really to know we are going to the African Nations for the first time and hopefully we will do well.”

Dossou, who played at The South Mimms Travel Stadium under both current Bar boss Adam Lee and his predecessor Steve Browne, has only just pushed his way into the senior national squad.

He was picked for Niger in their 1-1 friendly draw with Botswana in November and has been named in the squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

“I feel on top of the world,” said the one time Under-17 and Under-19 international.

“I can’t wait to go back for the African Cup of Nations now, I’m really, really over the moon.”

Niger maybe ranked 98th in the world by football governing body FIFA, but they are hoping to impress in the tournament which runs from January 21 to February 12.

Dossou is champing at the bit to swap the English non-league game for a taste of one of the biggest football competitions on the planet.

He simply added: “I can’t wait to get out there.”

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