The father of France striker Kylian Mbappe has narrated all that transpired, forcing his son to play for “Les Blues” rather than Cameroon.
The father, put all the blame on the Cameroonian Football Association over corruption.
Despite being born in Paris to a Cameroonian father named Wilfried and an Algerian mother, Mbappe attempted to play Senior National Team Football for Cameroon where his Dad comes from.
Wilfried claimed in 2018 that a Cameroon FA official demanded payment before his child could join the Indomitable Lions squad.
He stated: “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.”
He added; Being a member of the national team is a privilege, and Kylian’s father believes that players should not be paid to represent their country.
Kylian mbappe equally supported the corruption claim made by his father against the Cameroonian National Team when he said; “I am not a Cameroonian; I am a French man. At the beginning of my career, when I was still in the shadows, my father contacted FACEFOOT to give me a chance to play with the Cameroon national team, they demanded a huge sum of money from us for me to be able to play for the team. My father who was disgusted by their attitude, then turned to France. This France that gave me a chance to show the world what I am capable of. Today I have become one of the most expensive players in the world, Cameroon now calls me and attributes to nationality which is not mine. I am French and I will remain French.”
According to reports, Mbappe has now scored 7 goals in just his second World Cup appearance for France, surpassing Thierry Henry’s record with the French national team.
Facts indicate that corruption is rampant with national team call-ups in Africa, where merits are not considered.