24 December 2014 12:50
Congo coach Claude Le Roy has handed a surprise call-up to France-born defender Christopher Maboulou in his 26-man squad for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea.
The Bastia defender finally rescinded his decision to play for France by accepting an invitation from Le Roy, earning him a place in the new squad despite being overlooked in the provisional 38-man squad.
The 24-year old made the squad alongside Belgium-based defensive duo, Scott Bistindou of Anderlecht and Jordan Massengo of Mons.
The Red Devils are expected to begin preparations on 2 January 2015 in Brazzaville according to the programme drawn-up by their veteran French trainer. Eight days later, they will travel to Senegal for a friendly against Cape Verde before returning to Brazzaville on 13 January 2015 to wrap up for the tournament.
Three players will be axed from the final squad for the 17 January to 8 February 2015 championship.
The Congolese, making a return to the flagship African football event for the first time since 2000 are housed in Group A with hosts Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Burkina Faso.
They will face the host nation in the opening match of the tournament on 17 January 2015 at the Estadio de Bata in Bata.
Goalkeepers: Chansel Massa Mohikola (AC Leopards), Christoffer Mafoumbi (Le Pontet, France), Pavhel Ndzila (Etoile du Congo)
Defenders: Boris Tilton Moubhio Ngounga (AC Leopards), Davy Dimitri Bissiki Magnokélé (AC Leopards), Tony Marvin Baudry (SC Amiens, France), Francis Nganga (Charleroi, Belgium), Igor Nganga (FC Aarau, Switzerland), Arnold Bouka Moutou (SCO Angers, France), Antoni Mavoungou (National Football training Centre of Brazzaville)
Midfielders: Alain Hardy Samarange Binguila (Diables Noirs), Sagesse Babele (AC Leopards), Cessair Gandzé (AC Leopards), Delvin Chanel Ndinga (Olympiakos, Greece), Prince Alban Oniangue (Reims, France), Jordan Massengo (Mons, Belgium), Scott Bistindou (Anderlecht, Belgium), Chist Malonga Nsayi (Lausanne, Switzerland), Christopher Maboulou (Bastia, France)
Forwards: Fode Doré (CFR Cluj, Romania), Thievy Guivane Bifouma Koulossa (Almeria, Spain), Sylvère Ganvoula (Raja Casablanca, Morocco), Dominique Malonga (Hibernian, Scotland), Ladislas Douniama (Guingamp, France), Franci Litsingi (FK Teplice, Czech Republic), Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Wydad Casablanca, Morocco)