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