DR Congo call-up Arthur Masuaku but leave Cedric Bakambu behind

Arthur Masuaku from West Ham could make his debut for DR Congo against Liberia

DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge has appointed uncappedArthur Masuaku of West Ham in a 26-man squadron for a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Liberia.

Masuaku, who played for France at youth level, has been called twice before, but still has to play for the leopards.

In March, the defender was one of four players who left with a friendly game against Tanzania, which led to "organizational disorder and travel frustration".

However, there is no place in the squad for the Chinese star Cedric Bakambu.

Bakambu, despite his good form, is not included in his Chinese Super League Beijing Guoan, as he has scored 13 times in 15 games this season.

The move of the 27-year-old to China made him the most expensive African player in history.

Chancel Mbemba and Marcel Tisserand are both absent due to an injury, while Gael Kakuta was also overlooked on September 9 for the game in Monrovia.

Yannick Bolasie, who won his 32nd caps against Tanzania in March and recently joined Aston Villa on a seasonal loan from Everton, is also included.

DR Congo started the qualifying campaign for the Nations Cup in 2019 with a 3-1 victory over visiting neighboring countries Congo Brazzaville 3-1 in June 2017, with Bakambu scoring twice.

Zimbabwe, who defeated Libera 3-0 in Harare last June, led Group G to the superior goal difference.

DR Congo squadron:

Target: Ley Matampi Mvumi (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Anthony Mossi Ngawi (FC Chiasso Switzerland), Nathan Mabruki (DC Motema Pembe, DR Congo)

defenders: Issama Mpeko Djos (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Djuma Shabani Wadol, Glody Ngonda Muzinga and Yannick Bangala Litombo (AS Vita Club, DR Congo); Jordan Ikoko (Guingamp, France), Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United, England), Bobo Ungenda Muselenge (CD Primeiro de Agosto, Angola), Wilfred Moke (Konyaspor, Turkey), Christian Luyindama (Standard Liege, Belgium)

midfielders: Nelson Munganga (AS Vita Club, DR Congo), Chikito Lema Mabidi (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Neeskens Kebano (Fulham, England), Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City, England), Paul-Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege, Belgium), Luamba Fabrice Ngoma (AS Vita Club, DR Congo)

forwards: Firmin Ndombe Mubele (FC Toulouse, France), Junior Kabananga Kalonji (Al-Nassr, Saudi Arabia), Elia Lina Meschack (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Jonathan Bolingi (Mouscron, Belgium), Benik Afobe (Stoke City, England) , Britt Assombalonga (Middlebrough, England), Yannick Bolasie (Aston Villa, England) and Chadrac Akolo (VfB Stuttgart, Germany).

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