Six Foreign Pros Restored in Congo Squad for Nigeria Decider

Six foreign-based professionals, who earlier in the month missed Congo’s 2-1 defeat away to Nigeria in an Africa U-23 Championship qualifier, have been named in coach Claude Leroy’s squad for the reverse.

A slim 1-0 win is all Congo need to inflict another painful defeat on Nigeria to join the eight-team field for the 2015 Africa U-23 Championship, which is to serve as qualifying tournament for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

That fixture comes up on Sunday; 16:30 CAT in Pointe Noire and the hosts squad have now been boosted by the return of the six overseas-based pros.

They are midfielders Philzgerarld Mbaka, Hardy Binguila, Charlevy Mabiala, Yohan Andzouana and Julsy Boukama Kaya and striker Syvere Ganvoula Mboussy.

Claude Le Roy Earlier Said Congo Were Lucky to Lose 2-1 in Nigeria. Image: AFP.
Claude Le Roy Earlier Said Congo Were Lucky to Lose 2-1 in Nigeria. Image: AFP.

The Congolese are currently training in Pointe Noire ahead of the decisive clash.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers: Christoffer Mafoumbi (without 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/ Israel), Cosme Andrely Antoni Mavoungou (Diables Noirs)

Midfielders: Desmond Bouétoutélamio (Nico-Nicoyé), Moïse Justalain Nkounkou (Etoile du Congo), Philzgérarld Mbaka (Getafe/ Spain), Ravy Tsouka Dozi (Crotone/ Italy), Merveil Ndockyt (Cara), Durel Avounou (CESD/ Caen/ France), Siang Noël Moukouka (AS Cheminots), Charlevy Mabiala (AJ Auxerre/ France), Hardy Binguila (AJ Auxerre/ France), Yohan Andzouana (AS Monaco/ France), Julsy Boukama Kaya (Recreativo Libolo/ Angola)

Forwards: Junior Makiessé Mouzita (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Sylvère Ganvoula Mboussy ( Elazigspor/Turkey), Bersyl Obassi Ngatsongo (Etoile du Congo), Mavis Tchibota Dufounou (ex player of Maccabi Tel Aviv/Israel) , Kevin Xavier Brandon Koubemba (Brest/ France) and Bermajin Kangou (JST)

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