EAFC24: Popular Video Game Adopts Kenyan Star Sven Yidah's Goal Celebration

EAFC24: Popular Video Game Adopts Kenyan Star Sven Yidah's Goal Celebration

Rene Otinga
updated at October 7, 2023 at 6:21 PM
  • Popular video game franchise EAFC24 has introduced a goal celebration that has its roots in the Kenya Premier League
  • Sven Yidah’s hilarious ‘faking it’ celebration is now part of the 2024/25 edition of the game
  • Yidah, came up with the celebration when Kariobangi Sharks faced Everton in a friendly match in July 2019

A goal celebration inspired by Kenyan international Sven Yidah has made its way to the popular video game EAFC 24.

The latest edition of the game, formerly known as FIFA, was released on September 29 with a number of upgrades and additions to enhance the user experience.

One interesting new addition is the HyperMotion technology that aims to increase the authenticity of football gameplay.

Yidah Sven
Sven Yidah (L) vies for the ball with Everton's British midfielder Joe Williams during the friendly football match between Kariobangi Sharks and Everton at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, on July 7, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi CHIBA
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In other words, football characters in the game will be able to perform goal celebrations in the most authentic manner possible.

Even when that goal celebration involves faking an injury.

Sven Yidah’s celebration

In 2019, Everton visited Kenya for a friendly match with Kariobangi Sharks. The game ended in a 1-1 stalemate and eventually boiled down to penalties.

One stand-out moment from the game was when Yidah, then a Sharks player, stepped up to take his spot kick and once he beat the goalie, his queer celebration involved him clutching at his hamstring as if he had sustained an injury.

Yidah then proceeded with an awkward walk back to his teammates on the touchline as fans cheered at the player for his humorous celebration.

Four years on, and the goal celebration has been adopted in EAFC 24, and thanks to modern technology, it is the carbon copy of Yidah’s initial celebration in 2019.

Gor wins Mashemeji derby

Sports Brief also reported on the Mashemeji derby and Gor Mahia’s latest win over AFC Leopards.

Last season's top goalscorer Benson Omala was the tormentor-in-chief in the Saturday afternoon clash, scoring twice to condemn Ingwe to their second loss of the season.

The loss leaves AFC Leopards in relegation spots as Gor maintains their grip on second-place

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.