Video: Forgotten West Ham striker Modibo Maiga scores on international duty

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The Mali striker is an outcast at Upton Park.

Modibo Maiga may be a forgotten man at West Ham, but he is still racking up the goals for his country.

The striker scored for Mali yesterday as The Eagles defeated South Sudan 2-0 in African Cup of Nations qualifying. It was his 11th goal for his country in his 29th appearance.

Maiga was signed from French outfit Sochaux in 2013 for a fee reported by the BBC to be in the region of £4.7 million. The Mali international striker had scored 24 goals in 52 games for the French club and West Ham decided to take a punt on the player.

Maiga has struggled to make an impact at Upton Park. The 27-year-old striker has only featured in 37 games for the Hammers since joining nearly three years ago.

There are underlying reasons for his troubles. He struggled for a long time trying to shake the affects of a malaria infection, picked up in early 2012.

He has shown glimpses of his talent. A goal against Chelsea was a particularly memorable moment from his 2012-13 campaign and he has scored six goals for the club overall.

But Maiga,who spent time on loan at QPR in 2014, spent last season back in France with Metz. He scored 10 goals in 29 appearances. It remains to be seen whether Slaven Bilic gives him a go next term.

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