Switzerland Forward Breel Embolo Declines to Celebrate After Scoring Against Country of Birth at World Cup

Switzerland Forward Breel Embolo Declines to Celebrate After Scoring Against Country of Birth at World Cup

Lukman Mumuni
November 24, 2022 at 11:26 AM
  • Cameroon-born Breel Embolo has scored the opener for Switzerland in their game against the Indomitable Lions
  • The AS Monaco star declined to celebrate the goal however, as he paid respect to the country of his birth
  • The five-time African champions are making an eight appearance at the global stage after beating Algeria to qualify

Breel Embolo did not celebrate after netting Switzerland's opener, in the game against the country of his birth - Cameroon - at the FIFA World Cup.

The AS Monaco forward was born in Yaoundé, but moved to Switzerland at a very young age with his family.

He ended up opting to play for the European country, despite attempts by the Cameroonian Football Federation to convince him switch nationalities.

Breel Embolo, Cameroon, Switzerland, World Cup
Breel Embolo has paid respect to Cameroon after declining to celebrate his goal for Switzerland. Credit: @90min_Football
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Embolo smashed home from a Granit Xhaka assist, as the Europeans took the lead three minutes after the break.

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Cameroon came close twice through Toko Ekambi in the first half, but failed to take their chances.

The African country are in the same group as Brazil and Serbia, and will face the Europeans in their second game before rounding off their Group G with a game against the five-time world champions.

African players represent European countries

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Africa has proven effective at producing talented players of 'the most loved' sport on the face of the earth.

The overload of talent on the continent has not only benefited Africa, but has invariably been of tremendous benefit to other nations across the globe.

The most notable example of this is the French national team - both past and present - who have benefitted largely from Africa's unending production line.

Eto'o trains with Cameroon team

Cameroon legend Samuel Eto'o joined the Indomitable Lions in training, ahead of their Group G opener against Switzerland at the World Cup in Qatar.

Eto'o, who retired from the game in 2019, currently leads the Cameroonian Football Federation as its president.

Although he will not be playing against Switzerland, the FECAFOOT boss took the opportunity to interact with players before Thursday morning's game.

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