Congo Pick 11 Overseas Pros in Squad for Olympic Qualifier vs. Nigeria

Congo will be parading a high-powered 23-man squad including 11 foreign-based professionals for a final round of Caf Under-23 Championship qualifier against Nigeria.

Among those in the selection by coach Claude Leroy are midfielders Philzgérarld Mbaka (Getafe/ Espagne), Juvrel Loumingou (La Berrichonne de Châteauroux/ France), Ravy Tsouka (Crotone/ Italy) as well as strikers Mavis Tchibota Dufounou (Maccabbi Tel Aviv/ Israel), Kevin Xavier Brandon Koubemba (Lille/ France) and Ulrich Poutou (Chambly/France).

Several local talents were left out of an initial 39-man provisional squad including the likes of Kader Bidimbou and Dua Ankira (AC Léopards) Grâce Mamic Itoua (Diables Noirs), Amour Loussoukou (Cara), Issambet Saira (Etoile du Congo), Kaya Makosso (Carpe) and goalkeeper Joe Ombandza (AS Kondzo).

Congo eliminated the highly-rated Ghana to set up the clash with Nigeria’s Dream Team VI.

The first leg encounter comes up in the Garden a City of Port-Harcourt on 19 July.

Claude Le Roy Picks High-Powered Squad for Dream Team. Image: AFP.
Claude Le Roy Picks High-Powered Squad for Dream Team. Image: AFP.

The Congo U-23 will resume training camp in Pointe Noire on 12 July. They will welcome Nigeria to Pointe Noire on 2 August in the reverse fixture. The winners of both legs advance to the Caf U-23 finals in Senegal in November.

The top three teams in Senegal automatically grabs qualification to the 2016 Olympics in Rip de Janeiro.

Congo U-23 Squad vs Nigeria

Goalkeepers: Christoffer Mafoumbi (no club), Pavelh Ndzila (Etoile du Congo)

Defenders: Varel Rozan (Kenitra/ Morocco), Carof Bakoua (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Sagesse Babélé (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Thomaso Romaric Etou (Beïtar/Israël), Cosme Andrely Antoni Mavoungou (Diables Noirs), Arsène Loemba (JST).

Midfielders: Desmond Bouétoutélamio (Nico-Nicoyé), Moïse Justalain Nkounkou (Etoile du Congo), Philzgérarld Mbaka (Getafe/Spain), Juvrel Loumingou (La Berrichonne de Châteauroux/ France), Ravy Tsouka (Crotone/Italy), Merveil Ndockyt (Cara), Durel Avounou (CESD/ Caen/France), Siang Noël Moukouka (AS Cheminots).

Forwards: Junior Makiessé Mouzita (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Syvère Ganvoula Mboussy (Raja de Casablanca/ Morocco), Bersyl Obassi Ngatsongo (Etoile du Congo), Mavis Tchibota Dufounou (Maccabbi Tel Aviv/Israël), Kevin Xavier Brandon Koubemba (Lille/France), Bermajin Kangou (JST), Ulrich Poutou (Chambly/France).