On 15th July 2018, France was crowned the World Football Champions after a one month long tournament held in Russia. A lot of eye catching pictures celebrating the win circulated thereafter including the one of French President Macron cheering on.
Just like we (Africans) celebrated former US President Barrack Obama’s win back in 2008 and four years later again when he was re-elected for the second time, it was almost the same case as France won their second World Cup title 20 years after the first one.
Different Africans celebrated for different reasons but there was one unifying factor among their reasons:- the African blood that flowed in more than a half of the French squad. It’s a bit surprising that out of the 23 man squad that left for Rusiia one month ago, 14 of them have their origin in Africa with Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire) leading with 3 players each.
N’Golo Kante, Ousmane Dembele and Djibril Sidibe (Mali), Steven Nzonzi, Presnel Kimpembe and Steve Mandanda (D.R.C), Blaise Matuidi (Angola), Corentin Tolisso (Togo), Kylian Mbappe and Samuel Umtiti (Cameroon), Paul Pogba (Guinea), Nabil Fekir (Algeria), Benjamin Mendy (Senegal) and Adil Rami (Morocco) may be French by Nationality but deep inside their aortas, the blood is African.
Congratulations France!!! Congratulations Africa!!!
Photo Credit: The Telegraph