It’s official, Joel Embid obtained French nationality and is therefore now eligible for the France team. The FFBB is at the origin of this approach and asks about saying that it hopes to be able to count on him for future international events, in particular the World Cup and the Olympics. But Cameroon, with whom Embiid has never played, hopes to be able to convince him to come and play with the indomitable lions.
Sasha Giffaformer French international and assistant to Vincent Collet at Boulogne-Levallois, but also and above all coach of Cameroon, appointed to L’Equipe:
I think he has personal reasons, that’s why he chose French nationality,” said Sacha Giffa. The door remains open. The day he feels ready, we are there. With the reservoir we have, he is a spearhead, our best player. But the Cameroon team is forced to move forward without him, and we’re going with it. With everything we see at the moment with the African basket, we must not lose our nuggets. »
He remains hopeful, just like the president of the Cameroonian federation Samuel Nduku.
“For the basket, for the moment, it does not change anything”, declared Samuel Nduku in L’Equipe du jour. “He is still free to take American citizenship. He has French nationality, but so far he hasn’t said he wants to play with them. He is still Cameroonian. »
“We will continue to work, whatever happens,” said Giffa. “Now it’s his personal choice. Maybe he’ll join us later, that’s what we hope. But if all the talents do that, it’s sad for the African continent. »
The Joel Embiid soap opera is just getting started…