Mulumbu: Choosing between France & DRC wasn't easy

Mulumbu: Choosing between France & DRC wasn't easy
Youssouf Mulumbu of Dr Congo during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Dr Congo press conference at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 25 June 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Apr 28, 2020. 16:00

DR Congo international Youssouf Mulumbu says it was difficult to choose between the Leopards and France’s Les Bleus.

The Kinshasa-born midfielder grew up in France’s capital city, Paris after leaving Congo as a child and he played for French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Mulumbu was part of France’s youth national teams (Under-20 and Under-21) when he was approached by the Congolese Association Football Federation (FECOFA) in 2007.

“It’s true that it was a difficult choice,” Mulumbu told Foot Mercato.

“We discussed it with my parents. We arrived at a decision that was in favour of DR Congo.

“It was for me a choice of the heart and especially because I was able to quickly play with team A.”

The 33-year-old midfielder, who is on the books of Scottish side Kilmarnock on loan from Celtic, made his debut for Congo against Algeria in 2008.

The last time he played for the DRC was at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when they lost to debutants Madagascar in the Round of 16.

“The most important thing for me is to find a club and see what is going to happen,” he added.

“We will see after this pandemic but naturally when we have the course that I had with the selection and that we are judged competitive, the selection remains a natural choice.”

The former West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City player has played for DRC 45 times and scored one goal.

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