Africa Cup of Nations

AFCON 2017: DR Congo conclude Mbankomo camp on high


DR Congo wound up training at the CAF Center of Excellence Mbankomo, Cameroon Monday 9th with an emphatic 5-0 thrashing of local side APEJES in a friendly.

Jonathan Bolingi gave the coach Florent Ibenge’s charges a 19th minute lead, before Neekens Kebano made it 2-0 two minutes later. Paul-Jose Mpoku fired home the third from the spot for a comfortable 3-0 score at the interval.

Villareal danger-man Cedric Bakambu grabbed a brace in the second half (68th and 80th minutes) to seal the easy ride.

Les Leopards had played another build-up Thursday 5th against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions – losing 2-0.

Ibenge further trimmed the squad to standard 23 by dropping Belgium based Herve Kage – choosing to retain Astana forward Junior Kabananga.

The team leaves for Gabon Wednesday 11 five days before their opening group “C” encounter against Morocco.

The Final 23:

Goalkeepers (3)
1.Matampi Ley (Mazembe / RDC)
2.Kudimbana Nicaise (Antwerp / Belgique)
3.Joel Kiassumbua (FC Wohlen / Suisse)

Defenders (7)
4.Jordan Ikoko (Guingamp / France)
5.Lomalisa Joyce (V Club / RDC)
6.Isama Mpeko (Mazembe / RDC)
7.Chancel Mbemba (Mazembe / RDC)
8.Marcel Tisserand (Ingolstadt / Allemagne)
9.Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton / Angleterre)
10.Fabrice Nsakala (Analyaspor / Turquie)

Midfielders (6)
11.Merveille Bope (Mazembe / RDC)
12.Neeskens Kebano (Fulham / Angleterre)
13.Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham / Angleterre)
14.Paul-José Mpoku (Panathinaikos / Grèce)
15.Youssouf Mulumbu (NOrwich / Angleterre)
16.Remi Mulumba (Gazelec Ajaccio / France)

Strikers (7)
17.Jordan Botaka (Leeds / Angleterre)
18.Jonathan Bolingi (Mazembe / RDC)
19.Firmin Mubele (Al Ahli / Qatar)
20.Dieumerci Mbokani (Hull City / Angleterre)
21.Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal / Espagne)
22.Jeremy Bokila (Al Karitiyath / Qatar)
23.Junior Kabananga (Astana / Kazakhstan)

About Bonface Osano

African Football Writer contributing @Soka25east | Commentator; appeared on @MySoccerAfrica, @KweseSports, @ntvkenya, others | Keen follower of African Football. E-mail: [email protected]

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