Nations Cup 2015: Congo coach Claude Le Roy trims provisional squad to 26 players

Congo-Brazzaville coach Claude Le Roy has cut his provisional 2015 Africa Cup team from 38 to 26.

The veteran Frenchman has trimmed his squad as the 1972 champions prepare to head for their pre-tournament training camp in Senegal.

Le Roy has decided not to consider Olympique Marseille’s second-choice keeper Brice Samba who is yet to make up his mind whether to play for France or Congo.

The Frenchman has also surprisingly snubbed Bastia midfielder Christopher Maboulou who was not even on the initial 38 member list.

Meanwhile, Congo head to Dakar on January 2.

Congo are in Group A at the Africa Cup where they will play 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso, Gabon and hosts Equatorial Guinea whom they face in the tournament’s opening game on January 17 in Bata.

Team:

Goalkeepers: Chansel Massa (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Christoffer Mafoumbi (Le Pontet/France), Pavhel Ndzila (Étoile du Congo)

Defenders: Boris Moubio et Dimitri Bissiki (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Marvin Baudry (SC Amiens/France), Francis Nganga (Charleroi/Belgium), Igor Nganga (FC Aarau/ Switzerland), Arnold Bouka Moutou (SCO Angers/France), Antoni Mavoungou du Centre national de formation de football (CNFF)

Midfielders: Hardy Binguila (Diables Noirs), Delvin Ndinga (Olympiakos/ Greece), Prince Oniangué (Reims/France), Sagesse Babélé et Césair Gandzé (AC Léopards de Dolisie), Jordan Massengo (Mons/Belgique), Scott Bitsindou (Anderlecht/Belgium), Chris Malonga (Lausanne/Switzerland), Christopher Maboulou (Bastia/France)

Forwards: Fodé Doré (CFR Cluj/Romania), Thievy Bifouma (Almeria/Spain), Sylvère Ganvoula (Raja de Casablanca/Morocco), Dominique Malonga (Hibernian/Scotland), Ladislas Douniama (Guingamp/France), Franci Litsingi (FK Teplice/Republic Czech), Fabrice Ondama (Wydad Casablanca/Morocco)