Cameroon coach Rigobert Song expressed his pride in Brielle Embolo and described him as a “little brother” despite scoring the winning goal for Switzerland in the World Cup Group G match between the two teams at Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday.
Embolo, who was born in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, scored the winning goal against the country of his birth, in the 48th minute, but refused to celebrate in the match in which Switzerland improved in the second half.
Song was seen talking to Embolo after the match and said he was congratulating the Switzerland striker on the victory.
Song told reporters: We know each other, he is my little brother. We often talk on the phone together and I wanted to congratulate him. This is sportsmanship. Playing for different teams does not mean we are not brothers.
Song stressed that he is proud of Embolo because he scored a goal in the World Cup even though his team was defeated.
“He didn’t celebrate his goal but that’s part of football,” Song said. I’m happy and proud for him, he’s with the Swiss national team and I wish he was in my team, but that’s life.
He added: The most important thing for us is the way we played on the field, what could we have done better, rather than worrying about who scored the goals against us.
Goalkeeper Jan Sommer expressed his thanks for empolo wearing the colors of Switzerland and praised the striker, who always appeared when the team needed him.
“I am very happy that he is playing for us,” Sommer said. Which is the reason for victory today.