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Ghana opponents DR Congo name strong squad for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Published on: 26 December 2012

Ghana's opponents at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, DR Congo, have named a strong squad for next month's tournament with several foreign-based players in the team.

The preliminary squad also includes players from local giants TP Mazembe who have helped the side to excel in the African Champions League.

Coach Claude Leroy's initial squad also included uncapped Gabriel Zakuani, who also plays in the English Championship for Peterborough.

There is also a return for 31-year-old former captain Lomana LuaLua, who led the attack in the team's last Nations Cup appearance in Egypt in 2006.

The selection also includes Parfait Mandanda, younger brother of fellow goalkeeper Steve, who was in the France squad at the Euro 2012 tournament.

DR Congo depart on a two-week preparatory camp to Oman on 4 January before opening their Nations Cup campaign against Ghana 16 days later.

They also play Mali and Niger in Group B of the 16-team tournament.

 

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Robert Kidiaba (TP Mazembe), Bakala Landu (MK), Parfait Mandanda (Charleroi, Belgium)

Defenders: Mpeko Issama, Thierry Kasereka (both AS Vita Club), Jean Kasusula (TP Mazembe), Larrys Mabiala (Karabukspor, Turkey), Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht, Belgium), Cedric Mongongu (Evian Thonon Gaillard, France), Landry Mulemo (Kortrijk, Belgium), Herve Ndonga (TP Mazembe), Toko Nzuzi (Grasshoppers, Switzerland)

Midfielders: Mukuntima Kisombe (Daring Club Motembe Pembe), Cedric Makiadi (SC Freiburg, Germany), Zola Matumona (Mons-Bergen, Belgium), Tresor Mputu Mabi (TP Mazembe), Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion, England), Kazadi Mutombo (AS Vita Club), Luvumbu Nzinga (SC Rojolu)

Forwards: Patou Kabangu (TP Mazembe), Alain Kaluyituka (Al Kharitiyath, Qatar), Deo Kanda (TP Mazembe), Domi Kumbela (Eintracht Braunschweig, Germany), Lomama LuaLua (Karabukspor, Turkey), Buge Mania (Shark XI FC), Dieumerci Mbokani (Anderlecht, Belgium), Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United, England)

Comments

  • Liberian says:
    December 26, 2012 07:27 pm
    I put my money on DR Congo to win Group B.
  • Claude Leroy says:
    December 27, 2012 01:18 am
    Iam glad becos Ghana will be my first victims in this AFCON campaign...i want DR Congo progress to the Finals and shame the devil.
  • Agenda says:
    December 26, 2012 10:36 pm
    Shame,shame shame unto all those who submit comments with insults.U guys are really disgracing some of us. Know that GSN is not ther for only Ghanaians;anybody at all can submit their comment ther.The innocent DRC man only expressed himself n what's the meaning of all those attacks? Ur reactions only lay credence to the kind of training u had-tipically unGhanaian! max Johnson, dadaba n Goya!!!
  • Agenda says:
    December 26, 2012 10:29 pm
    Shame,shame shame unto all those who submit comments with insults.U guys. Are really disgracing some of us. Know that GSN is not ther for ony Ghanaians;anybody at all can submit their comment ther.The innocent DRC man only expressed himself n what's the meaning of all those attacks? Ur reactions only lay credence to the kind of training u had topically unGhanaian! max Johnson, dadaba n Goya!!!
  • Prophecy says:
    December 26, 2012 12:31 pm
    This Congo team is making it to the Semi-finals.
  • Ghanaman says:
    December 26, 2012 07:18 pm
    Congo disgraced Africa in 1974 by putting on the most pathetic performance that year. In fact, it is today sited in Europe as a mark of what not to do when when goes to the world cup hahahahahahahahah!!! Why would you bring that disgrace up!!
  • Rocket says:
    December 26, 2012 06:20 pm
    About Congo and the world cup! The team has never made it to the knock out stage of the world cup. The team also set the record for the most embarrassing performance at the world cup when they first entered it! ahhahahahahahahah They are good but, we will beat them. They can only hope for finishing 2nd at best....
  • dr.peace says:
    December 26, 2012 01:23 pm
    DR. CONGO VE A STRONG SQUAD 4 AFCON SERIOUSOOOOOO
  • Ogya says:
    December 26, 2012 11:11 am
    They are the first so what? who even cares.Besides how many times have they qualified since then,come to reality, how many times have zambia played in the world cup before wining the cup.Moron
  • Dr Who says:
    December 26, 2012 10:10 am
    What makes this squad a strong one? We will dismantle them by 2-0.
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    December 26, 2012 10:13 am
    and so? Should we wilt and withdraw from the tournament? Masa, we are not perturbed.
  • tank God we are not zambians says:
    December 26, 2012 10:24 am
    hahhahahah leroy has a big mouth oooo is dat da best he cn bring.i mean da only beta players in dis squad is lualua n mputu da old horses.
  • Allan says:
    December 26, 2012 10:25 am
    When you parade second division and bench warmers you call this a strong squad. There is nothing strong about this squad.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    December 26, 2012 09:44 am
    Yes but they made African football the laughing stock at the WC by conceding 14 solid goals without even scoring a goal including loosing by an astonishing 9 goals to nil to Yugoslavia. Awilo & Leopards you two should spare us that crap, your team is SHIT!!!
  • Ikojo says:
    December 26, 2012 12:41 pm
    Congo will shock the ghanaians and top the group.
  • Awilo says:
    December 26, 2012 08:09 am
    Do you know that Congo[Zaire] was the first Black African team to qualify to the WORLD CUP? I tell u we're in for 'A TOUNAMENT of a lifes time. Thankyou South Africa.
  • Leopards says:
    December 26, 2012 08:13 am
    True, this team will go far in this tournament!!