DR Congo go back to Mputu

DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge has recalled striker Tresor Mputu Mabi after a five-year absence for their next Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Leopards have named a 24-man squad for the game away to Congo-Brazzaville on November 18.

Mputu, who plays for TP Mazembe, has not played for DR Congo since a goalless draw with Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier in Kinshasa on 16 June 2013.

In 2015 Mputu was banned for two years by Fifa for a contractual dispute with Angolan club Kabuscorp, which ended in 2017.

The 32-year-old helped his club reach the Champions League quarter-finals this year where they lost to Angola's Primeiro do Agosto.

Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, 31, has also been named in the squad the first time since the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.

Goalkeeper Auguy Katembwe Kalambay, 30, was handed a maiden call-up while there were recalls for Fabrice Nsakala, Firmin Mubele and Jonathan Bolingi.

Cedric Bakambu, Yannick Bolasie, Gael Kakuta, Chancel Mbemba and Marcel Tisserand were all retained

DR Congo beat their neighbours 3-1 last June in Kinshasa.

Zimbabwe lead Group G with eight points while DR Congo have five points with Congo-Brazzaville and Liberia are a point behind.

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