Reports are suggesting that Dieumerci Mbokani has ‘retired’ from International football after trouble between the player and the DR Congo Football Federation.
Dieumerci was at Brussels airport on 22nd March and was outside the terminal when a bomb went off inside. He later said that he owed his life to his wife’s decision to wait for her nephew outside rather than in the building.
It seems, according to L’Equipe in France that he then asked for a few days rest from the DR Congo national team after the ‘trauma’ of being involved in the bombings, which sounds perfectly reasonable to me.
He reportedly told radio station Top Congo FM that he had called national team coordinator Theo Binamungu to make the request but was then never called back to discuss the request.
It has then been claimed that the Congolese Football Federation president, Constant Omari Selemani had threatened ‘sanctions` for Mbokani for failing to report for international duty.
Mbokani is being quoted as saying: “I have had problems with the Federation all the time. This is the reason why I decided to stop with the national team.
“I do not want to play for Congo. I believe I was given unfair treatment. Therefore, after a discussion with my family, my relatives, I decided to stop.”
Mbokani has a better than one in two goal scoring record of 16 goals in 31 games for the DR Congo but missed a 2-1 home win and 2-0 away victory in Group B both against Angola.
It has already been widely reported that there is a deal between Norwich and Dinamo Kiev to sign the player permanently at the end of the season if all parties agree. The figure being touted is £4.5m but that will of course depend on City staying up. If they do, then I for one would be happy to sign the big man. He is the most effective striker out of him and Jerome and he showed what he can do in a terrific performance against Newcastle on Saturday. It was even more impressive considering the week he had been through.
I’ve heard through the grapevine that he is on big money at Kiev and that they are covering some of the cost of his wages during his loan in Norfolk. If Norwich were to be relegated there was a quote in the national media, but not directly attributed to Mbokani, that he would not stay at Norwich. If we were relegated then clearly we couldn’t afford him anyway. The news of his international retirement would be good news for Norwich should he sign permanently though.
Alex Neil was also full of praise for his striker after he scored his fifth goal of the season with a scorcher against Newcastle.
“His goal was magnificent and to be honest I thought his performance was magnificent,” Neil told the EDP. “He led the line, I thought he bullied the two centre-backs and he has been really special for us in the last two games.
“When I spoke to him during the week I stressed whatever goes on in your personal life away from the field you always have football to fall back on. That is a release so just go out and enjoy the game, play, do what you do and I thought he was great. To be honest I thought on Dieu`s goal you couldn`t defend that, he just shifted it inside and put it in the top corner.’