DR Congo coach, Florent Ibenge, has now handed him a maiden call-up in a 32-man provisional squad for the Group B fixtures at home on 26 March and away in Lubango three days later.
Afobe holds dual nationality and has not played for England’s senior side, making him eligible for the Leopards – once an application has been made to Fifa and approved.
Afobe, who moved to Bournemouth from Wolves for £10m in January, has scored five goals in 11 appearances for the Cherries so far this season. The former Arsenal striker scored 23 goals in two seasons with Wolves.
Other Premier League stars listed includes Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba, Norwich City duo Youssouf Mulumbu and Dieumerci Mbokani, and fit-again Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie.