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THE LEOPARDS: No Bakambu, Bolingi Returns As Desabre Names Squad For Gabon Clash

Democratic Republic of Congo national team coach Sebastien Desabre has named a 27-member squad ahead of next month’s Ivory Coast 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Gabon.

The Frenchman unveiled his roaster for the Leopards’ crucial encounter against Gabon at a press briefing held in Kinshasa on Monday.

Greece-based striker Cedric Bakambu has notably been left out of the squad as he is suspended for the match after accumulating too many cautions.

Bakambu has been in top form for Greek champions Olympiakos having scored 18 goals this season to emerge as the league’s top scorer.

Meanwhile, Desabre has handed former TP Mazembe striker Jonathan Bolingi a recall to the national team after close to a year out.

The Leopards need to win against Gabon next month to boost their chances of qualifying for the AFCON in Ivory Coast as they currently sit bottom of Group I with 4 points while the Panthers lead the group with 7 points.

Sudan and Mauritania occupy second and third places on 6 and 5 points respectively.

COMPLETE TEAM LIST

Goalkeepers
Lionel Mpasi, Ezra Kabamba and Siadi Baggio.

Defenders

Mukoko Amale, Jordan Ikoko, Dylan Batubinsika, Rocky Bushiri, Inonga Baka, Marvel Bope, Chancel Mbemba, Arsene Zola, Arthur Masuaku and Vital N’simba.

Midfielders

Samuel Moutoussamy, Omenuke Nfulu, Arnaud Lusamba, Aaron Tshibola, Gael Kakuta, William Balikwisha, Theo Bongonda and Glody Lilepo

Attackers

Yoanne Wissa, Meschack Elia, Chadrac Akolo, Aldo Kalulu, Jonathan Bolingi and Filston Kalala.

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