DR Congo recall Dieumerci Mbokani for their crucial AFCON qualifier against Liberia
Congolese Veteran striker Dieumerci Mbokani has been recalled to the national team for their decisive 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at home to Liberia on 24 March.
Head Coach Florent Ibenge included the former Norwich City, Hull City and Monaco player in his 24-man squad for the upcoming must win tie.
DR Congo need a victory in Kinshasa in the Group G match to stand any chance of qualifying for this year’s finals in Egypt.
The Leopards have collected six points and trail group leaders Zimbabwe by two points, Zimbabwe have eight points followed by Liberia on seven while Congo Brazzaville have five.
Mbokani, 33, briefly quit international football in April 2016 after the DR Congo Federation threatened to ban him for missing two 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers.
The all time leading goal scorer then resumed his career with the Leopards later that same year and went on to play at the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon, which was the last time he wore his national shirt.
Mbokani, currently with Belgian top flight league club Royal Antwerp, has scored 18 goals in 40 appearances for DR Congo.
Coach Ibenge has also handed recalls to defenders Padou Bompunga Botuli of AS Vita club and Merveille Bope Bokadi who is based in Belgium.
Former Crystal Palace man Yannick Bolasie who is currently on loan to Belgian side Anderlecht from Everton and China based Cedric Bakambu are also among regulars included.
DR Congo full squad:
Goalkeepers: Auguy Katembwe Kalambay (SM Sanga Balende), Ley Matampi Mvumi (Al-Ansar, Saudi Arabia), Anthony Mossi Ngawu (FC Chiasso, Switzerland)
Defenders: Issama Mpeko Djos (TP Mazembe), Djuma Shabani Wadol, Glody Ngonda Muzinga, Padou Bompunga Botuli (all AS Vita Club), Arthur Masuaku (West Ham, England), Bobo Ungenda Muselenge (Primeiro de Agusto, Angola), Christian Luyindama Nekadio (Galatasaray, Turkey), Merveille Bope Bokadi (Standard Liege, Belgium), Marcel Tisserand (Wolfsburg, Germany)
Midfielders: Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City, England), Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto, Portugal), Paul-José Mpoku Ebunge (Standard Liege, Belgium), Tresor Mabi Mputu (TP Mazembe), Fabrice Luamba Ngoma, Nelson Omba Munganga (both AS Vita Club), Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock, Scotland)
Forwards: Cedric Bakambu (Beijing Guoan, China), Yannick Bolasie (Anderlecht, Belgium), Dieumerci Mbokani Bezua, Jonathan Bolingi (both Royal Antwerp, Belgium), Elia Lina Meschack (TP Mazembe)