Dieumerci Mbokani called back to DR Congo national team

The Anderlecht attacker, who was banned from playing with the Leopards for indiscipline, has been asked to rejoin the team and participate in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers

DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani can heave a sigh of relief after he was sent an invitation to report to camp as soon as possible by new coach Frenchman Claude Leroy, ahead of the team’s next 2014 World Cup qualifying fixture.

The 26-year-old striker, who plays for Belgian Pro League champions Anderlecht, was excluded from the DR Congo national team and later banned for lack of discipline by the Leopards’ former coach Robert Nouzaret, who was fired after the team failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Upon assuming office late in 2011, Leroy had promised to reinstate all the players who had fallen out of favour with the football body.

Mbokani figures on DR Congo’s roster for the clash against Togo in Kinshasa on June 10.

The Leopards were defeated by Cameroon 1-0 last weekend in Yaounde and are currently at the bottom of Group I with nothing to show for their efforts.