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What a Swiss sensation! Cameroonian kills Cameroon

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Cameroon-born Swiss, Breel Embolo
Al Janoub StadiumState of Qatar

Eight successive loss at the World Cup may not be what the Cameroon Indomitable Lions may have wished.

But the twist of event in their match with Switzerland left them with sour taste in the mouth. The scorer of the goal that further pushed the West/Central African country into negative World Cup record, is a Cameroonian by birth.

Breel Embolo is a Cameroon-born Swiss player. Born in 1997, he  received his Swiss citizenship in 2014 the year Cameroon last played at the World Cup before the current edition.

 

Embolo, ostensibly out of respect for his native country, Cameroon, did not celebrate the goal.

He was born on Valentine Day, 14 February 1997 in Yaounde, Cameroon.

His parents separated when he was young and when he was five or six years old, his mother moved to France to attend school.

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 Whilst there she met her future husband, a Swiss national, then the following year the family moved to Base.

He received Swiss citizenship on 12 December 2014.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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