DR Congo forwards Kabongo Kasongo and Jackson Muleka will miss the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations after failing to secure visas for their nation’s trip to Spain.
The Leopards have travelled to the European nation for a training camp as they gear up for the biennial showpiece, which begins in Egypt on June 21.
However, Kasongo and Muleka won’t be joining up with the side after attempts to acquire visas for them proved unsuccessful.
The Ministry of Sports last week had assured the pair that visas would be given soon, but the forwards remain stranded in Kinshasa while their teammates have headed to Europe.
They are now likely to be excluded from Florent Ibenge’s final 23-man squad for the continental showpiece.
Al-Wahda’s Kasongo and Tout Puissant Mazambe’s Muleka didn’t feature in the Leopards’ goalless draw against Burkina Faso in Marbella on Sunday evening.
They will face fellow Afcon participants Kenya in a friendly on June 15 before the commencement of the tournament.
Ibenge’s men have been drawn in Group A and will begin their Afcon journey against Uganda on June 22, thereafter playing hosts Egypt and Zimbabwe on June 26 and June 30, respectively.