04.10.2004 Football News

Congo drop LuaLua For Ghana Match

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Striker Lomana LuaLua has not been included in the DR Congo squad for the 2006 World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Kumasi on 10 October. The Portsmouth player missed the last qualifier against South Africa in controversial circumstances.

The DR Congo's French manager Claude Leroy claimed that LuaLua had told him he would be playing in the game while the striker said that he was injured and unable to travel.

LuaLua has now recovered from the injury and came on as a second-half substitute in Portsmouth's 2-2 draw with Norwich on Saturday.

However, Monaco's Shabani Nonda is included on the list and is in line for a long awaited return to the DR Congo team.

The France-based forward travelled to Kinshasa for the qualifier against South Africa but did not play because of a thigh injury.

Injuries have forced Nonda out of the Simbas squad for the last 18 months.

DR Congo squad:

Goalkeepers: Pascal Kalemba (Vita), Kwenda Vuanda (Tornado)

Defenders: Dikilu Bageta (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa), Herita Ilunga (St Etienne, France), Kiritsho Kasusula (TP Mazembe), Papy Kimoto (St Truiden, Belgium), Nzelo Lembi (Kaiserslautern, Germany), Kazembe Mihayo (TP Mazembe), Cyrille Mubiala (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa), Miala Nkulukuta (Motema Pembe), Dituabanza Nsumbu (Vita Club)

Midfielders: Ngasanya Ilongo (Motema Pembe), Ngandu Kasongo (TP Mazembe), Mbungu Lofo (TP Mazembe), Bama Lengu (Dragons), Marcel Mbayo (Malatyaspor, Turkey), Mutamba Milambo (Vita), Trésor Mputu (TP Mazembe), Tshinyama Tshilola (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa)

Strikers: Guicha Bomaniayi (Olympique Kinshasa), Gladys Bokele (Motema Pembe), Alain Kaluyituka (Vita), Mbuta Mbala (Daring Club Motema Pembe), Kabamba Musasa (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu (Preston North End, England), Shabani Nonda (Monaco, France).

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