Stars Abroad

West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku has officially been included in the DR Congo squad ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia.

Masuaku initially made his debut for Congo in a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in October 2018 - his only cap- and could be a possibility after being named by head coach Florent Ibenge.

Congo known as The Leopards will kick-off their sixth Group G fixture in Kinshasa on Sunday, March 24 where they will need to come away with a much-needed win to secure their place for the Egypt tournament.

DR Congo have lost just one of their five matches, but three draws have left them on six points, one behind Liberia and two adrift of group leaders Zimbabwe, who host bottom-place Congo in their own final tie in Harare.

All four nations can still claim the top two places and automatic qualification for the finals, which will feature 24 countries for the first time after being expanded.

Captained by Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, DR Congo won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1968 and 1974, finished third in 2015 and reached the quarter-finals in 2017.

Masuaku’s West Ham teammates Manuel Lanzini and Felipe Anderson have already been called-up by Argentina and Brazil respectively for friendly matches to be played during the March international break.

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