By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
France football sensation, Kylian Mbappe Lotin has rubbished claims he was denied the chance to represent Cameroon.
Speaking in a Television show on Beinsport on the Sunday January 28, 2020, the 21-year-old world cup winner who opted for a French nationality in Sports over Cameroon of his father and Algeria of his mother said, reports on social media suggesting he didn’t represent Cameroon because his father Wilfred Mbappe was asked to pay money have no aota of truth.
Quizzed on the issue by Alexandre Ruiz of the above mentioned media organ, Mbappe was emphatic in his response.
“Yes I heard about this trending on social media before, it was a surprise. From my first professional game at Monaco, I don’t think the other federations had enough time to make contacts with me or my family. Not that of Algeria, not that of Cameroon. I got into the France national team so fast.
Mbappe came through the Clairfontaine Academy in France,he was a student of this Academy till the age of 14 in 2013.
He left for AS Monaco and spent a year off the Cameras [Age of 15] at club level but he earned two caps for France at Under 17.
In December 2015, Mbappe made his debut for Monaco in a league game against Caen aged 16 year and 347 days.
In 2016 he joined the Under 19 team of France and was a boy who had everything going for him as he scored seven goals in 11 appearances.
He earned his first cap for France against Luxembourg in 2017.
Meaning the only period Mbappe’s parents could approach Cameroon Football authorities was in 2014 when the player was 15.
Logic and the laws of Cameroon have it that, at 15 Mbappe wasn’t eligible to play for the under 17 national team of Cameroon because of the presidential degree guiding selection of players for that category of the Cameroon team,in fact in that year,the Cameroon Under 17 team wasn’t involved in any international competition that could market a child from Clairfontaine.
The only option is Mbappe’s parents could have approached Cameroon in 2014 for the World cup in Brazil [Global market place] but this is not possible as the boy was just 15 and already a regular for the Under 17 team of France.
Since then, Mbappe has been a regular in different categories of the France national team.
“What the source of this social media information?” Mbappe asked with a smile.
“It is unfortunate when people with bad intentions attempts tarnish our image. Footballers are models for kids out there, so we take don’t speak carelessly. Sometimes people without the mandate to speak for us generate and spread all sorts of information without ever having a discussion with us”
Concerning this issue, I want to categorically state that;I have never made contacts for international football with Cameroon or Algeria”;Mbappe concluded.
His declaration should surely put an end to the circulation of the above-mentioned rumour.
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