For a few days, the pivot of the Sixers Joel Embiid obtained French nationality. Now, the Cameroonian seems closer than ever to being called up with the Blues.
Will Joel Embiid participate in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with the France team? One thing is sure, after many rumors about the Cameroonian in recent months, the person concerned obtained French nationality on July 5. If the information had more or less gone unnoticed at that time, it is verifiable, as can be seen in the official journal of the French Republic (JORF). Thus, the pivot of the Philadelphia Sixers can now be selected for the France team by Vincent Collet. If the native of Yaouné will not take part in Euro 2022 next September, Embiid could aim for the 2023 World Cup and Paris 2024 double with the Blues in the coming years. If he preferred to kick in touch until then, the Cameroonian seems to have made his choice. ” I never said I was going to play for France, just that it was a possibility. You never know,” he confided recently.
“I love my country, I am a patriot”
“I never thought about playing at international level until then because I have to be healthy first. I have to play a few years (injury free) before thinking of a national team. After that, it’s complicated. I come from Cameroon but there are many problems. They have to sort this all out. I love my country, I am patriotic. I want to play for my country. If I have a choice to make, it will be Cameroon first, if there is a good framework, because that is where I come from. But at some point, it will not be my decision alone, recognized Embiid then, last May. There is also the team (Philadelphia), which invested 150 million dollars on me. It’s a lot of money to let their player go to a place where there wouldn’t be a good medical environment. So, there is my country, there is France, there is the United States too. I just want to be in a good frame. »