Norwich City ace Youssouf Mulumbu hoping to go further in African Nations Cup

Youssouf Mulumbu is on African Nations Cup duty with DR Congo.

Youssouf Mulumbu is on African Nations Cup duty with DR Congo. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu isn't planning on returning to Norwich City duty any time soon.

The 30-year-old is determined to stay out in Gabon on African Nations Cup duty with DR Congo after topping their group.

Mulumbu and his DR Congo team-mates thrashed Togo 3-1 to advance to the quarter-finals in the Gabonese city of Port-Gentil on Tuesday.

The midfield enforcer believes that finishing at the top of Group C proves that they can win this year's prestigious tournament in Gabon.

'We are more than happy after qualifying; we played very good football with a lot of focus on scoring goals,' Mulumbu told

'We have worked together as a team from the first game and never gave up.'

Congo take on Ghana in the last eight of the competition on Sunday and the former West Brom man believes he and his team-mates stand a good chance of progressing in the competition.

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'We were in a very tough group with very good teams and finishing on top of the group is a good indication that it's not impossible to win the title.

'We will go back and rest and immediately embark on preparations for the quarter finals which to us will be like another final,' he added.

City will be hoping Mulumbu can return to club duty as soon as possible with manager Alex Neil having just two senior central midfielders available.

Jonny Howson and Alex Tettey are the only fit, senior midfielders available to Neil although Tettey is just one yellow card away from a two-match suspension after accumulating nine yellow cards.

Louis Thompson has been sidelined by a pelvis injury whilst there is speculation he has suffered a further Achilles injury in training.

City are looking to strengthen their midfield options and earlier this week and took former Reading midfielder Jem Karacan on trial.

The 27-year-old played in City Under-23s' 4-0 loss at Portsmouth and could be offered a short term deal following his release by Galatasaray earlier this month.

Karacan had been linked with a move to Wigan Athletic earlier this month before Norwich's interest surfaced.