By Brian Mboh
29-year old Indomitable Lions’ forward Karl Toko Ekambi has been recognized by FIFA, via his presence on the prestigious competition’s official postal,recently made public on the organization’s social media handles.
Featuring on the postal are other prominent world footballers to the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Rolando, Killian Mbappe and Sadio Mane. These players were selected from the 32 nations expected to part-take in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, to run from Monday , November 21 to Sunday, December 18, 2022.
Toko Ekambi made his debut for Cameroon on 6 June 2015 in a 3–2 friendly win over Burkina Faso in Colombes, France, as a 66th-minute substitute for Justin Mengolo. He scored his first goal on 3 September the following year in a 2–0 home win over the Gambia in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification. Manager Hugo Broos called him up for the final tournament in Gabon, which the team won.
On 28 March 2017, Toko Ekambi scored and was sent off in a 2–1 friendly loss to Guinea in Brussels. In June, Broos selected him for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. He also went to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
At the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil at the start of the following year, Toko Ekambi scored twice in a 4–1 group win over Ethiopia, and the opening goal of a 2–1 win against Comoros in the last 16.On 29 January, he scored both goals against the Gambia in the quarter-finals.
On 29 March 2022, he scored a goal in the fourth minute of time added on at the end of extra time against Algeria to send Cameroon to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.Recently, he was instrumental in the Indomitable Lions’ one -nil edge on the Brave Warriors of Burundi through a sublime free-kick at the 31st minutes in the qualification rounds for the 2023 AFCON.
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