Footie Fans React After Cameroon Born Breel Embolo’s ‘Silent Goal Celebration’ Against His Country of Birth

Footie Fans React After Cameroon Born Breel Embolo’s ‘Silent Goal Celebration’ Against His Country of Birth

  • Cameroon spurned a number of chances in the first half which came back to haunt them as one of their own punished them in their World Cup opener against Switzerland
  • Breel Embolo scored the only goal of the encounter but chose not to celebrate after inspiring Switzerland to a slim 1-0 win
  • Born in Yaounde, Cameroon, Embolo elected against celebrating his goal against his country of birth out of respect

Breel Embolo chose to pay respect to Cameroon, the country of his birth, after scoring against the Indomitable Lions in Switzerland's Group G curtain-raiser.

The AS Monaco forward helped Switzerland to a winning start in their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign as the European nation pipped Cameroon at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Embolo needed only three minutes after recess to break the game's deadlock, which proved to be the only goal of a keenly contested Group G affair.

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Switzerland, Cameroon, Breel Embolo, no goal celebration
Breel Embolo muted his celebration after he scored against his country of birth, Cameroon. Photo credit: @footballdaily @ESPNFC
Source: Twitter

However, what took center stage after the game was his decision not to celebrate following his match-winning heroics against the five-time African champions, as noted by Daily Mail.

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His 'silent celebration' gained traction on social media with fans reacting to his choice.

Below are some of the comments:

@__Nkansah was however critical of Embolo for choosing Switzerland ahead of Cameroon:

"What’s the respect here? Refused to play for them and does this no-celebration thing and you call it respect."

Another user @z__gypsyking amusingly tweeted:

"That’s an own goal."

@An_Najimy001 added:

"Things that happens when a country or a continent do not value human resources, Africa keep pushing out their best."

@UTDBuji was more political with his reaction to Embolo's no-goal celebration:

"Shame our African players need to realize African countries will not be on the same playing level as the non African teams."

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@LeoDegraft wrote:

"It doesn’t make any sense bcz he’s betrayed them already."

Embolo scores against Cameroon

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 to switch nationalities.

World Cup: Africans playing for other nations

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Africa has proven to be an effective production house for the 'most loved' sport across the face of the earth, football, supplying the world game with a litany of fine talents.

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.