France with loads of African-born players have sent Argentina’s Albiceleste out of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Kylian Mbappe and Samuel Umtiti all in the starting line up stopped Argentina in the Round of 16 fixture, thus, taken what milllions of Africsns especially Nigerians would call a sweet “revenge” for Super Eagles who could not pull the needed draw against the rampaging South Americans in their last group game. There are loads of others like Algeria born Nabil Fekir, Steven Nzonzi and Thomas Lemar also on the bench on a lovely afternoon of football display.
Les Bleus have players of Senegal, Mali, Cameroun, Congo DR, Guinea and Algeria biological background. For Africans who have little or no interests in the tournament following the crash of all five flagbearers, they turn to France who they support due to the presence of the aforementioned players.
The African roots of these players have attracted so much support from Africans. Interestingly, these players visit Africa from time to time to show solidarity and love for their motherland.
It was a cracker of an encounter but France had to fall back on the sheer guts, power and determination of their Africsn players to pull a hard earned quarter final ticket over two-time world champions, Argentina who tried to replicate the form that saw them dwarf and down Super Eagles.
Messi was almost pocketed by the French midfielders, talking about the trio of Matuidi, Kante and Pogba. He was anonymous in the greater part of the encounter thanks to “African power”.
Now that the French team has qualified for the last eight, they can now start focusing on picking their second World Cup. Goodbye Argentina!
By Desmond Ekwueme