Stoke City club-record signing Giannelli Imbula who is eligible to represent Belgium and France has expressed his anger and dismay after missing out on the Democratic Republic of Congo AFCON 2019 squad.
Imbula angered by AFCON omission
Imbula, 26, who is eligible to represent Florent Ibenge's side through the heritage of his parents was included in the preliminary 32-man squad and was heavily involved in the training camp in Marbella in Spain this month.
However, his name was omitted from the final 23-man squad, which has clearly affected the powerful midfielder - who was touted as a future Les Blues star during his time in Ligue 1.
"It is with a mixture of sadness and anger that I write these few lines," Imbula said in a statement on Instagram. "It has been more than a month since I agreed to wear the Democratic Republic of Congo jersey.
"It's been many weeks that I have been preparing myself physically and mentally to be in the best condition to deliver my best form at the Africa Cup of Nations.
"But today [Tuesday] I was told early in the afternoon that my file was not up to date and that I could not participate with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
"At this moment I am very sad not to be able to participate with my teammates at this competition and very angry that I had believed it would be possible.
"I wish good luck to the team and I will be with all my teammates during the next CAN."
TP Mazembe legend Tresor Mputu, Everton winger Yannick Bolasie and superstar striker Cédric Bakambu has also made the final list announced by Ibenge.
The 28-year-old netted 32 goals and registered 10 assists in 42 games since joining Beijing Guoan from Villarreal in a reported €40m deal in January 2018.
Uganda were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Egypt, DR Congo and Zimbabwe for the showpiece in Egypt that takes place between 21 June to 19 July.
DR Congo squad:
Goalkeepers: Parfait Mandanda (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Anthony Mossi (Chiasso FC, Switzerland), Ley Matampi Vumi (Al Ansar Club Medina, Saudi Arabia)
Defenders: Djuma Shabani and Glody Ngonda Muzinga (both AS Vita Club), Issama Mpeko (TP Mazembe), Christian Luyindama Nekadio (Galatasaray, Turkey), Arthur Masuaku (West Ham, England), Wilfred Moke Abro (MKA Ankaragucu, Turkey), Marcel Tisserand (Wolfsburg, Germany), Beaudrick Ungenda (Primeiro Do Agosto, Angola)
Midfielders: Merveille Bope Bokadi (Standard Liege, Belgium), Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Porto, Portugal), Paul-Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege, Belgium), Tresor Mputu (TP Mazembe), Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmanarnock, Scotland), Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham city, England)
Forwards: Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough, England), Cederic Bakambu (Beijing Guoan, China), Yannick Bolasie (Everton, England), Jonathan Bolingi Mpangi (Antwerp, Belgium), Elia Lina Meschack (TP Mazembe), Chadrac Akolo (Stuttgart, Germany)