Submit this form
Home News Videos Music Photos Facebook Twitter Friends Newsletter Podcasts Mobile RSS
Youssouf Mulumbu retires from international football

Patrice Citera | BBC Sport - September 22, 2011
Youssouf Mulumbu
DR Congo's Youssouf Mulumbu has announced his retirement from international football to concentrate on his career with his English club West Bromwich Albion.

The country's football association (Fecofa) confirmed it had received a letter from Mulumbu about his future.

"It is with regret that I write to let you know about my decision to withdraw definitively from international football with immediate effect," he wrote.

"This decision has been taken following long discussions with my family and medical advisers.

"I hope to have the opportunity to extend my professional career which is the guarantee for my family's security, by retiring from international commitments.

"It was an extremely hard decision for me to take, but I wish you and the whole team great success."

Fecofa appear to have accepted the player's decision.

"We've just received the letter but haven't met to discuss it, but I don't think we can force a player to change his mind as he is free to decide what he wants," the association's secretary general, Ediba Elonga, told BBC Sport.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who made his debut for the Leopards in 2008, renewed his contract with West Bromwich Albion in June.

He returned to the DR Congo squad in March after deciding to stay away for several months complaining about the disorganisation of the Congolese football authorities.

But then in May he withdrew from the squad just hours before he was due to travel to Paris to prepare for a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritius.

Meanwhile new DR Congo coach Claude LeRoy has named a 48-man provisional squad for next month's 2012 qualifier at home to Cameroon.

The list includes Gael Kakuta, who is on loan from Chelsea to Bolton Wanderers, and Jordan Lukaku, the younger brother of the Chelsea star Romelu.

Both are able to change national allegiances, providing they get the approval of football's world governing body Fifa, as neither have played a competitive game at senior level for another country.

Kakuta has only played for France at under-17 and under-19 level while Lukaku, who plays in Belgium for Anderlecht has only played for the Belgian under-19 side.

DR Congo are unable to qualify from Group E for next year's Nations Cup finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Related articles

  1. Florent Ibenge resigns as Leopards head coach (August 7, 2019)
  2. DR Congo Leopards win first edition of FIBA AfroCan championship (July 28, 2019)
  3. Vita Club arrive in Morocco for Confederation Cup finals first leg against Raja Casablanca (November 19, 2018)
  4. 2019 Africa Cup of Nations: DR Congo to play for qualification against Liberia (November 19, 2018)
  5. V Club Crowned Congo Champions (July 12, 2018)
  6. AS Vita to play CS la Mancha in Confederation Cup (March 21, 2018)
  7. Mazembe drawn against Difaa El Jadidi, ES Setif in Champions League (March 21, 2018)
  8. DR Congo ranked 3rd in Africa: FIFA (February 15, 2018)
  9. DR Congo Win Second African Nations Championship (February 7, 2016)
  10. DR Congo reach final of African Nations Championship (February 3, 2016)
  11. DR Congo Beat Rwanda to Reach CHAN Semifinals (January 30, 2016)
  12. El Merreikh beat TP Mazembe 2-1 in Champions League semis first leg (September 27, 2015)
  13. DR Congo finish third at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (February 7, 2015)
  14. Cote d'Ivoire beat DR Congo 3-1 to reach Africa Cup of Nations final (February 4, 2015)
  15. DR Congo win classic tie to reach Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals (January 31, 2015)
  16. DR Congo and Tunisia reach Africa Cup of Nations quater-finals (January 26, 2015)
  17. Afcon 2015: Cape Verde, DR Congo in stalemate (January 22, 2015)
  18. AS Vita's Firmin Mubele Wins CAF African Player of the Year Award (January 8, 2015)
  19. Mbokani, Mandanda named in DR Congo squad (December 30, 2014)
  20. DR Congo Drawn With Zambia, Cape Verde, Tunisia for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (December 3, 2014)
  21. DR Congo Qualify for 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (November 20, 2014)
  22. All Square in First Leg of Champions League Final: AS Vita 2-2 ES Setif (October 27, 2014)
  23. Vita Club Reach Champions League Final (September 27, 2014)
  24. AS Vita beat CS Sfaxien 2-1 in Champions League semis (September 22, 2014)
  25. Setif score late to beat Mazembe 2-1 in Champions League semis (September 20, 2014)
  26. AS Vita Beat Zamalek 1-0 to Join Mazembe in Champions League Semi-finals (August 10, 2014)
  27. Mazembe Beat Al Hilal 3-1 to Reach Champions League Semi-finals (August 10, 2014)
  28. AS Vita Edge Al Hilal in Champions League (July 28, 2014)
  29. AS Vita hand Zamalek first defeat in Champions League (May 19, 2014)
  30. TP Mazembe Lose 0-1 Against Al Hilal in Champions League (May 16, 2014)

Live TV Congo Radio en ligne Radio
Available on App Store
Get it on Google Play

Contact Us | About Us | Édition en Français | French Edition

© All rights reserved.