Breel Embolo on Nati Cameroon detractors: ‘The phone rang non-stop’

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Breel Embolo exclusive“My cell phone rang non-stop when Cameroon were drawn as opponents”

The opening match at the World Cup in Qatar will be particularly special for the international. Striker Breel Embolo meets his native Cameroon.

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Breel Embolo has made 58 appearances for the Swiss national team so far.

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The striker has been playing for AS Monaco since the summer.

The striker has been playing for AS Monaco since the summer.

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When Nati Cameroon was drawn as an opponent for the World Cup, the 25-year-old received many reactions.

When Nati Cameroon was drawn as an opponent for the World Cup, the 25-year-old received many reactions.

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When the World Cup groups were drawn in Doha in April, it must have felt like déjà vu for many of the Nati stars. In 2018, Switzerland had to play in the group stage against Brazil and Serbia. On the other hand, the Nats have never played against their third World Cup opponent, Cameroon. Not only because of this, it is a very special game for striker Breel Embolo. The 25-year-old was born in a Central African country and came to Switzerland as a child.

Breel Embolo, first match of the World Cup against Cameroon. How special will it be for you?

It will be very emotional for me and my family.

Will your family be at the stadium?

Yes, he will probably come for the game against Cameroon.

What is your relationship with Cameroon?

Very big. Two thirds of my family lives there.

Whose fingers are they keeping?

When Switzerland plays, Switzerland. If Cameroon plays, Cameroon.

There must have been a lot of reactions after the draw?

My cell phone rang non-stop. But not only family but also many friends came forward.

What went through your mind after the draw?

I always wanted to play against Cameroon. To be honest, I had mixed feelings after the draw. Nevertheless, I am very happy.

But you really want to win the game, right?

Of course! It’s the first game of the World Cup, which is always the hardest, as we all know. It would be very important for us to take the three points there. Then we can play again against Cameroon in the final. (Laughter)

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