Like several football stars who chose the African destination, Kylian Mbappé also spent his summer vacation in Cameroon. And during his short stay in the land of the Indomitable Lions, the PSG striker discussed several subjects including the World Cup, never won by a country on the continent.
During his stay in Cameroon during his summer vacation, Kylian Mbappé, the captain of the French team, gave interviews to the media present in the country of football legend Samuel Eto’o. During an interview with the NCI channel (New Channel), the Paris Saint-Germain striker was asked about the prospects of one day seeing an African team win the World Cup. The Blues star shared his thoughts on football in Africa, enhanced with a touch of humor.
“As long as I play, I hope no African team wins the World Cup, because that would mean I would win less (laughs). If I don’t win, I would like it to be an African team, of course.
Morocco has shown that there are no barriers. They reached the semi-finals and did not face easy teams. They eliminated Portugal, Spain, and came out of a group including Belgium, Croatia and Canada. They didn’t have an easy journey, but they were there.
Unfortunately for them, we were there too. They showed that they were capable, and they even beat Brazil in a friendly match. Today there is no reason not to believe it“, explained Kylian Mbappé at the microphone of NCI.
“I am not Cameroonian”
It should be noted that the player, originally from Bondy, has Cameroonian roots on his father’s side and Algerian roots on his mother’s side, Fayza Lamari. The PSG scorer could have worn the colors of the Cameroonian selection but “Fecafoot imposed a sum of money on me to make him play », denounced Wilfried Mbappé, father of Kylian Mbappé, in an interview given to the site 90 min.
A version corroborated by the French international not without systematically rejecting his Cameroonian origins. “ I am not Cameroonian. I am French. At the start of my career, when I was still in the shadows, my father called on Fecafoot to make me play for the Cameroon national team.
A large sum of money was asked of us to be admitted to the team. My father being disgusted, therefore returned to France, this France which gave me a chance to show what I was worth.
Today, Cameroon is calling on me, they are giving me a nationality that is not mine. I am French and I will remain French », declared the man whom specialists consider to be one of the greatest players of the next ten years.