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Bournemouth's Benik Afobe called up for DR Congo squad

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe called up for DR Congo squad

Democratic Republic Of Congo

Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe has been included in the Democratic Republic of Congo squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Angola later this month, BBC reports.

If FIFA gives the green light for the call up, Afobe, who holds dual nationality and has not played for England’s senior side, will be eligible to play for the Leopards.

Afobe, 23, has represented England at youth level since 2005, having captained the Under-12s, won the Victory Shield with the U16s, and turned out for the U17s, U19s and U21s.

Other Premier League stars listed in the DR Congo squad include Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba, Norwich City duo Youssouf Mulumbu and Dieumerci Mbokani, and fit-again Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.

Coach Florent Ibenge has also called up Ley Matampi and defender Joel Kimwaki, who both starred as the country won the African Nations Championship (CHAN) for a second time last month.

DR Congo are currently third in Group B after they won at home against Madagascar, before falling to a shock 2-0 defeat at Central African Republic in September.

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