Mali have included Olympique Marseille striker Mamadou Samassa in their squad for two World Cup qualifiers next month even though he has played for France at junior level and they are unlikely to be able to use him.
Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare has declared his intention to represent Mali at international level.
Former Tottenham and West Ham striker Frederic Kanoute has been named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year.
Mali and Ivory Coast will battle it out for top spot in African Nations Cup Group B in Accra while Nigeria's fate is out of their hands when they take on Benin in Sekondi on Tuesday (both 1700 GMT).
Mali proved they are a force to be reckoned with at the African Nations Cup on Friday following a creditable 0-0 draw against Nigeria.
Twice winners Nigeria face the prospect of being sent packing from the African Nations Cup if they lose to Mali on Friday.
Mali have called up three locally-based players in their final 23-man squad for this month's African Nations Cup finals, the Mali Football federation announced on Thursday.
Portsmouth defender Djimi Traore has been left out of Mali's preliminary squad of 28 for next month's African Nations Cup finals in Ghana.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have placed an indefinite ban on Togo's Kegue stadium following attacks on Mali players after a key African Nations Cup qualifier last Friday.
Mali striker Frederic Kanoute called on Tuesday for football authorities to take a tough stand over violent incidents that marred the end of an African Nations Cup qualifier between Mali and Togo in Lome last week.