Sunday Aug 01, 2021. 16:00
DR Congo international Youssouf Mulumbu has returned to Africa after 17 years in Europe as a professional footballer.
FC Saint Eloi Lupopo have announced the signing of the former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder after he signed one-year deal with the DR Congolese club.
Mulumbu, who was born in DR Congo’s capital city Kinshasa, has been a free agent since he parted ways with Scottish club Kilmarnock at the end of the 2020/21 season.
The 34-year-old has now found a new home at St Lupopo according to the following statement:
“Youssouf Mulumbu is now Lupopo,” the statement read.
“The Congolese international has just signed with Football Club Saint Eloi Lupopo of Haut-Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“The ceremony was done today [Friday] in Kinshasa where our countryman arrived two days ago, Lupopo was represented by the new President Jacques Kyabula Katwe accompanied by Vice President Coco Mulongo.”
Mulumbu left DR Congo for France as a child and he began his professional career at PSG in 2004 after being nurtured in the club’s academy.
The former Celtic FC player went on to play for West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City in the English Premier League.
Mulumbu was formerly a member of the France under-20 and under-21 teams and he earned his first cap for Congo DR against Algeria in March 2008.
He has since played 45 international matches for DR Congo and netted once.