Before the FIFA World Cup finals between France and Argentina, some people talked about the players France chose for the 2018 and 2022 edition of the tournament. When it came out that about half of the best players on France’s national team were of Africa descent, it became a big deal.
In other to find out more about why these players chose to play for country outside Africa, however, some things have come to the light.
In all honesty it is not the fault of these players. Corruption is rife in Africa when it comes to national team call-ups, and merits are not taken into account.
Kylian Mbappe’s father has now explained everything that happened that made his son play for France instead of Cameroon.
Mbappe was given birth to in France, his father, Wilfried is from Cameron and his mother is from Algeria. He tried to play for the senior national team of the country in Central Africa where his father was born.
Wilfried said in 2018 that a member of Cameroon Football Federation asked Kylian Mbappe for money before he could joined the Cameroon Indomitable Lions team.
The Father of the Paris Saint-Germain superstars said that the Cameroon Football Federation missed out on the opportunity to sign him because they were too lazy and greedy
Mbappe father said:
“At first, I wanted my son to play for Cameroon but, someone at the Cameroon Football Federation charged a sum of money that I didn’t have to make him play.
The French didn’t charge anything.”
This is how terrible corruption has affected Africa! Imagine all the stars African nations would have had if they didn’t ask players to bring money before selecting them to play.
Don’t ever blame any player of African origin for playing for European nation.
Embolo was asked for bribe but he didn’t have money so he went to play for Switzerland, he scored against Cameroon, his motherland in the World Cup and Africans came out to curse him!
Until we change our attitudes, “pay before you play”, African football will forever remain where it is!
The facts show that there is a lot of corruption in Africa when it comes to putting people on national teams.