Tuesday Nov 15, 2022. 17:03
Cameroon newcomer Bryan Mbeumo admits he will experience a jumble of emotions when walking onto the pitch at the World Cup for the first time.
The Brentford forward was included in Rigobert Song’s 26-man squad for the global showpiece last week despite only winning two caps for the Indomitable Lions.
Mbeumo recently made his debut against Uzbekistan on September 23 before going on to face South Korea four days later.
The 23-year-old confessed to realising a dream at being given the opportunity to play on the world’s biggest stage and he cannot wait to savour the atmosphere inside the stadiums in Al Wakrah and Lusail.
“I’ve always wanted to play a World Cup since I was young,” he told BBC Sport Africa. “Just to walk around the pitch with a big crowd and other stuff would be amazing. It’s going to be crazy inside me.”
Mbeumo represented France, the country of his birth, at youth level but switched allegiances to Cameroon in August after holding a meeting with FECAFOOT president Samuel Eto’o in London.
“It was an honour for me just to be face-to-face with him and talk to him because he was one of the best strikers in the world,” Mbeumo said.
“He told me about the project, what we can do and I enjoyed this moment. It’s a big thing for someone like him to want you in his team.”