By Will Butcher
DR Congo winger Jordan Botaka has reminded Leeds fans what they’re missing after starring in his country’s progression to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 23-year-old scored one and set up another as DR Congo secured qualification with a 4-1 victory over the Central African Republic.
Botaka, who left Leeds in August for a season-long loan with League one promotion hopefuls Charlton Athletic, posted videos via his personal Twitter account of his goal and his assist.
Here is his goal to put Congo 4-1 up in the dying moments.
Here is Botaka’s assist that gave DR Congo a 3-1 cushion in the 73rd minute.
DR Congo have qualified as winners of Group B, as the two-time AFCON winners look to make it a third in Gabon when the competition kicks off in January.
Their qualification will come as a blow to the Addicks who will be without the winger for the whole of January and most of February depending on DR Congo’s success in the competition.
Botaka has had a disappointing stay in Yorkshire following his move from Dutch outfit Excelsior on deadline day last summer for around £1million.
The attacking winger, who grew up in Holland and represented the country at Under-19 level, has made just 14 appearances in all competitions and was sent out on loan despite a promising pre-season.
The signings of Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez has pushed Botaka down the pecking order at Elland Road. A move to the Valley seemed like the only option to prove his worth to manager Garry Monk.
In other Leeds news, the Whites face competition for this centre-back’s signature from France and Turkey.