Memphis Depay: Why Dutch Forward Performed Ghanaian Dance With Jeremie Frimpong

Memphis Depay: Why Dutch Forward Performed Ghanaian Dance With Jeremie Frimpong

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 7, 2024 at 9:21 AM
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  • Dutch pair Memphis Depay and Jeremie Frimpong highlighted their Ghanaian roots during the Netherlands' friendly match
  • The pair hit an iconic dance from the West African country after Memphis had opened the scoring against Canada on Thursday
  • They were involved in two of the four goals scored by Ronald Koeman's men, as they stepped up preparations for Euro 2024

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Memphis Depay has opened up about his iconic dance celebration during the Netherlands' international friendly with Canada on Thursday, June 6.

The 30-year-old was on target as the Dutch fine-tuned their team ahead of the impending European Championship in Germany.

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Jeremie Frimpong and Memphis Depay gleefully performed Adowa, a renowned Ghanaian dance on, Thursday, June 6, 2024. Photo by Rene Nijhuis/MB Media.
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Memphis, who will become a free agent on June 30 after failing to meet requirements to trigger his Atletico Madrid extension, linked up with Jeremie Frimpong to break down a stubborn Canadian team for the opening goal.

His strike opened the floodgates as Frimpong, himself, notched the second goal minutes later with a sublime effort, seven minutes after Depay's goal, Sportstar reports.

Wout Weghorst and Virgil Van Dijk then put an exclamation mark on the result to seal a resounding 4-0 win for Ronald Koeman's men.

However, the talking point from the game was Depay's choice of celebration after his 45th goal for Oranje.

Why Memphis, Frimpong performed Ghanaian dance

The former Manchester United forward, born to a Ghanaian father and Dutch mother, performed a popular dance from the West African country.

Known as 'Adowa,' Memphis flawlessly showcased his adroitness and knowledge of the renowned dance steeped in Ghanaian culture.

He was also joined by Frimpong, who also has Ghanaian parentage, as they both displayed their connection with their roots.

Explaining why he chose to celebrate in that fashion, the 30-year-old told ESPN, as quoted by The Europe Lad.

"I was doing a Ghanaian dance with Frimpong after my goal. He is a Ghana boy like me. Of course, we represent The Netherlands, but this is in our blood."

Jeremie Frimpong pays homage to Ronaldo

Sports Brief also reported that in the same match, Jeremie Frimpong paid homage to Cristiano Ronaldo by performing his iconic 'Siuu' celebration after scoring a superb goal for the Netherlands.

Following his goal, which extended the lead for the 1988 European champions, Frimpong celebrated by imitating Ronaldo's signature 'Siuu' gesture.

CR7's 'Siuu' has become synonymous with modern football celebrations, so it was fitting that the Dutch wing-back, playing in an advanced position against Canada, emulated it after finding the net.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.