June 17, 2019 / 5:08 AM / 4 months ago

Factbox: Profile on Democratic Republic of Congo team for 2019 African Cup of Nations

(Reuters) - African Cup of Nations record:

Previous appearances in finals: (18) 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013, 2015, 2017

Best performance: Winners in 1968 and 1974

Drawn in Group A with Egypt, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Coach: Florent Ibenge

This is the third successive tournament that Ibenge takes charge of, having led the Leopards to third place at the 2015 finals and a quarter-final berth in 2017.

The 57-year-old is Congolese born but grew up in France and played lower league football in Belgium, France and Germany.

He doubles up the national team job with being in charge of Kinshasa’s AS Vita Club, who he led to the 2014 African Champions League final.   

Key player: Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie. Age: 30. Winger.

The club career of the mercurial Bolasie might be in freefall but he is a key element for the Congolese side as he heads to a second Cup of Nations tournament, having previously starred in 2015.

He is set to leave Everton after being loaned out to Anderlecht in Belgium for the first five months of the year.

He was sidelined for a year after surgery on his right knee, hurt in a challenge when playing against Manchester United in 2016.

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 49

How they qualified:  Second place team in Group G, behind Zimbabwe but ahead of Libera and Congo.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Parfait Mandanda (Dynamo Bucharest),Ley Matampi (Al Ansar), Anthony Mossi (FC Chiasso)

Defenders: Christian Luyindama (Galatasaray), Arthur Masuaku (West HamUnited), Wilfred Moke (Ankaragucu), Issama Mpeko (TP Mazembe Englebert), Glody Ngonda Muzinga, Djuma Shabani (both AS Vita Club), Marcel Tisserand (VfL Wolfsburg), Beaudrick Ungenda (Primeiro Agosto)

Midfielders: Merveille Bokadi (Standard Liege), Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto), Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City), Paul-Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege), Tresor Mputu (TP Mazembe Englebert), Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock)

Forwards: Chadrac Akolo (VfB Stuttgart),Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough), Cedric Bakambu (Beijing Guoan), Yannick Bolasie (Everton), Jonathan Bolingi (Antwerp), Elia Meschack (TP Mazembe Englebert).

Compiled by Mark Gleeson; editing by Pritha Sarkar

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