- Canada on Wednesday night, 23 November, began their campaign at the 2022 World Cup losing to Belgium
- Hatayspor defender Sam Adekugbe made his World Cup debut for Canada and his mother saw him on TV
- Adekugbe's mum was in joyous mood after seeing her son playing for Canada against Belgium
The mother of Canadian international Sam Adekugbe on Wednesday night, 23 November, witnessed her son playing at the 2022 World Cup against Belgium and jumped to the television to celebrate.
Adekugbe who is of Nigerian descent made his World Cup debut for Canada coming on 16 minutes to the end of the encounter between his nation and Belgium.
When he came on, Canada was already down 1-0 and the 27-year-old defender tried all he could to help his side restore parity, but all efforts were futile.
According to a video seen on Instagram, Adekugbe's mother was in her living room watching the World Cup match and was happy when she saw her son coming on.
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She jumped up from where she was sitting and starting shouting Hallelujah after seeing Adekugbe firing a shot against the Belgians.
Statement by Adekugbe's mother
''My son is in the World Cup, thank you Jesus, Hallelujah.''
Meanwhile, Adekugbe and his teammates in the Canadian national team did not start their campaign at the 2022 World Cup well following Michy Batshuayi's goal condemning them to 1-0 defeat.
Canada will face Croatia on Sunday, 27 November, and they must record a win for them to remain in Qatar.
Belgium beat Canada
Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Michy Batshuayi's first-half goal proved enough for a below-par Belgium to squeeze to a 1-0 win over a Canada side playing their first World Cup match for 36 years on Wednesday.
Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved Alphonso Davies' early penalty and Batshuayi opened the scoring against the run of play in the 44th minute.
John Herdman's Canada, roared on by their vocal support, also had another strong penalty appeal turned down and dominated the second half to no avail.
Belgium was without injured record goal scorer Romelu Lukaku and struggled throughout with the pace of Canada's forwards.
But the 2018 semi-finalists clung on to move top of what could prove a hotly contested Group F after Croatia and Morocco's goalless draw earlier on Wednesday.