By Angu Lesley
Héctor Raúl Cúper- the Argentine trainer of the Leopards of DR Congo has named a squad of 28-year very experienced players for next week’s FIFA World cup qualifier tie against the Atlas Lions of Morocco whose squad was also announced on Saturday.
The former Valencia trainer has named record men Chancel Mbemba and Dieumerci Mbokani in his squad planning the Martyrs and Mohammed V operations on March 25 and 29 respectively. DR Congo is eyeing a first FIFA World Cul qualification in its current appellation which will mean ending a 48-year old absence from the global football fiesta.
The squad dominated by players from out of Africa has just two players from the continent, one of which is a local in Hervé Nguemba Lomboto of DC Motema Pembe.
Morocco’s Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi’s defender Dieumerci Mukoko Amale is the only other player from Africa.
The only new face in the squad is Belgium-based Genk red hot forward Théo Bongonda who has abandoned the wait for International football from France to chase the same course for his fatherland.
The squad of 28 will open camp this Sunday evening in Kinshasa hoping to get the better of Morocco and be at the World cup for the first time in the lifetime of their generation and beyond.
Joël Kiassumbwa (FC Servette, Switzerland); Hervé Nguemba Lomboto (DC Motema Pembe, DR Congo); Lionel M’Pasi-Nzau (Rodez AF, France);
Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto, Portugal); Christian Luyindama Nekadio (Al Taawoun); Chris Mavinga (Toronto FC,Canada); Jordan Ikoko (Ludogorets Razgrad, Bulgaria); Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United, England); Vital Manuel N’Simba (Clermont Foot, France); Marcel Jany Émile Tisserand (Fenerbahçe, Turkey); Dieumerci Mukoko Amale (Difaâ Hassani El Jadidi, Morocco); Glodi Ngonda Muzinga (Riga FC, Latvia);
Edouard Kayembe Kayembe (Watford, England); Samuel Christopher Bastien Binda (Standard Liège, Belgium); Samuel Moutoussamy (FC Nantes, France); Gaël Romeo Kakuta Mambenga (RC Lens, France); Paul-José Mpoku Ebunge (Konyaspor, Turkey); Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town, England); Merveille Bope Bokadi (Standard de Liège, Belgium);
Ben Malango Ngita ( Al-Sharjah, UAE); Chadrac Akolo (SC Amiens, France); Théo Bongonda (Genk, Belgium); Yoane Wissa (Brentford FC, England); Cédric Bakambu (Olympique Marseille, France); Elia Meschack (Young Boys, Switzerland); Yannick Bolasie (Çaykur Rizespor, Turkey); Neeskens Kebano (Fulham, England); Dieumerci Mbokani (Kuwait SC, Kuwait)
A qualification for the FIFA World cup ahead of four times participant Morocco will mean. everything to the players and people who last experienced the tournament as Zaire in 1974 in Germany.
The winner of this tie will join four other African Nations at the FIFA World Cup in November-December in Qatar.
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