Congo name squad for World Cup qualifier against Egypt

Congo national team

Congo has named a 31-man squad to face Egypt in next month’s crunch World Cup qualifier in Alexandria.

Though the Red Devils have officially been eliminated, the squad packs a healthy dose of European-based players that earned an unlikely away draw against Ghana earlier this month.

The team will be without the services of Club Africain striker Fabrice Ondama due to injury.

The draw in Kumasi comprised Congo’s sole point in Group E, and was followed by a 5-1 thrashing at home against Ghana.

Egypt needs to win the Oct. 8 match to keep its 2018 FIFA World Cup destiny in its own hands.

A victory could be enough to secure the Pharaohs’ place in Russia if Ghana get a result in Uganda.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Christoffer Mafoumbi (Blackpool, ENG), Barel Mouko (CD Toledo, ESP), Perrauld Ndina (Patronage Sainte-Anne), Pavelh Ndzila (Etoile du Congo)

Defenders: Marvin Baudry (Zulte-Waregem, BEL), Dimitri Bissiki, Varel Rozan (AC Léopards), Arnold Bouka Moutou (Dijon, FRA), Tobias Badila (Nancy, FRA), Vladis-Emmerson Illoy-Ayyet (Olimpik Donetsk, UKR), Beranger Itoua, Baron Kibamba (CARA Brazzaville), Fernand Mayembo (Grenoble, FRA), Romaric Etou Thomaso (Beitar TA Ramla, ISR)

Midfielders: Durel Avounou (Caen, FRA), Matheus Botamba (Tongo), Césaire Gandzé (AC Léopards), Charlery Mabiala (Auxerre, FRA), Delvin Ndinga (Sivasspor, TUR), Merveil Ndockyt (Getafe, ESP), Prince Oniangué (Wolverhampton Wanderers, ENG), Yves Pambou (Dunajská Streda, SVK)

Forwards: Dylan Bahamboula (Dijon, FRA), Thievy Bifouma (Sivasspor, TUR), Dzon Delarge (Bursaspor, TUR), Fodé Doré (Clermont Foot, FRA), Rahavi Kifouéti (Doxa Katokopias, CYP), Kévin Koubemba (CSKA Sofia, BUL), Dylan Saint-Louis (St Étienne, FRA), Mavis Tchibota (Bnei Yehuda, ISR), Juvhel Tsoumou (Ermis Aradippou, CYP).

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