Cameroon hope Joel Embiid won’t opt ​​for France

This is undoubtedly the news of the week: having become naturalized French, Joel Embid can now claim a selection in the France team. A news which obviously did not fail to react as soon as it fell and it should certainly continue to make people talk in the future.

Wednesday, in the columns of the Team, it is in any case the coach of Cameroon, Sasha Giffa, who was one of the first to speak out on the naturalization of the Sixers pivot. And this one is quite understanding.

I think he has personal reasons, that’s why he chose French nationality, but the door remains open », declares the assistant of… Vincent Collet in Boulogne-Levallois. ” The day he feels ready, we are there. With the reservoir we have, it’s a spearhead, our best player. But the Cameroon team is forced to move forward without him and we’re going with it. »

Africa must keep its nuggets

At the same time, Sacha Giffa cannot hide his disappointment at never being able to associate a pair Joel Embiid – Pascal Siakam in the Cameroonian racket.

With everything we are seeing at the moment with the African basket, we must not lose our nuggets, they must stay on the continent, make it shine “, he explains. ” Which European team with two interiors in the NBA Top 20? I don’t see any [si ce n’est la Lituanie, ndlr]. While Cameroon has that. With the elements that evolve at the university, those who have become an editor [Christian Koloko, ndlr] and the players in Europe, we can really have a very, very good team. »

Ihe didn’t say he wanted to play with it [la France]. He is still Cameroonian. »

Despite everything, the Cameroon coach will continue to hope that Joel Embiid prefers to defend the colors of the Indomitable Lions rather than those of the Blues…

We will continue to work no matter what. “, announces Sacha Giffa. “ Now it’s his personal choice. Maybe he will join us later, that’s what we hope. But if all the talents do that, it’s sad for the African continent. »

A feeling shared by Samuel Ndukuthe president of the Cameroonian federation, as designated by the Team.

For the basket, for the moment, it does not change anything “, he says, about the naturalization of Joel Embiid. ” He is still free to take US citizenship. He has French nationality but, for now, he hasn’t said he wants to play with them. He is still Cameroonian. »

Joel Embid Percentage Bounces
Season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Stopped Def Total pd AND P Int bp CT Points
2016-17 PHL 31 25 46.6 36.7 78.3 2.0 5.9 7.8 2.1 3.6 0.9 3.8 2.5 20.2
2017-18 PHL 63 30 48.3 30.8 76.9 2.3 8.7 11.0 3.2 3.3 0.6 3.7 1.8 22.9
2018-19 PHL 64 34 48.4 30.0 80.4 2.5 11.1 13.6 3.7 3.3 0.7 3.5 1.9 27.5
2019-20 PHL 51 30 47.7 33.1 80.7 2.8 8.9 11.6 3.0 3.4 0.9 3.1 1.3 23.0
2020-21 PHL 51 31 51.3 37.7 85.9 2.2 8.4 10.6 2.8 2.4 1.0 3.1 1.4 28.5
2021-22 PHL 68 34 49.9 37.1 81.4 2.2 9.6 11.7 4.2 2.7 1.1 3.2 1.5 30.6
Total 328 31 49.0 33.8 81.0 2.3 9.1 11.4 3.3 3.1 0.9 3.4 1.7 26.0

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