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LuaLua to lead DR Congo squad at Nations Cup

CAIRO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Lomana LuaLua will lead the Democratic Republic of Congo's 23-man squad at the African Nations Cup finals, coach Claude LeRoy announced on Wednesday.

LuaLua takes over as skipper for the second successive tournament from the injured Shabani Nonda.

LeRoy finalised his selection after the 3-0 defeat by Morocco in a warm-up friendly in Rabat on Monday.

Injury to German-based midfielder Cedric Makiadi saw him miss out on a trip to the finals and Leroy also dropped Israeli-based Alain Masudi from the final selection.

Congo are in Group B at the Nations Cup along with Cameroon and two World Cup finalists Angola and Togo.

Goalkeepers: Francis Chansa (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Pascal Kalemba (Telestar, Gabon), Tampungu Dikete (Umtata Bush Bucks, South Africa).

Defenders: Gladys Bokese (Daring Club Motema Pembe), Herita Ilunga (St Etienne, France), Tshimalanga Kabundi (TP Mazembe Englebert), Christian Fuanda Kinkela (Amiens, France), Mayasisilwa Lubanzadio (SC Cilu), Cyrille Mubiala (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa), Dituabanza Nsumbu (AS V Club), Tshinyama Tshiolola (Ajax Cape Town, South Africa)

Midfielders: Ngasanya Ilongo (Daring Club Motema Pembe), Jean-Paul Kamudimba (Grimsby Town, England), Ngandu Kasongo (TP Mazembe Englebert), Franck Matingou (Bastia, France), Zola Matumona (AS V Club), Tresor Mputu (TP Mazembe Englebert), Mbuta Mbala (Yverdon, Switzerland), Marcel Mbayo (Sakaryaspor, Turkey), Mutamba Milambo (Le Havre, France)

Strikers: Lomana LuaLua (Portsmouth, England), Blaise Mbele (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Kabamba Musasa (Istanbulspor, Turkey).