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14 Stars In France’s World Cup Squad With African Heritage

Soccer Laduma | Africa has only five nations at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but considering that 14 of the 23 players in France’s squad for Russia have African roots, many fans on the continent will be supporting Les Blues. Here are the 14 World Cup stars Africa lost to France.

Having been drawn in Group C alongside Denmark, Australia and Peru, Didier Deschamps’ side has a long history of African talent, with the likes of Zinedine Zidane (Algeria) and Patrick Vieira (Senegal) having their family roots in Africa.

Overall, there are 14 players with African heritage in France’s World Cup squad, with Paul Pogba being the standout name. Manchester United’s record signing was born in France to Guinean parents. While Paul – the youngest of three brothers – represents the country of his birth, both his older brothers are Guinea internationals at senior level.

Similar to Pogba, Kylian Mbappe’s parents are both from Africa. His father hails from Cameroon, while his mother is Algerian. Kylian himself was born in Paris, but would have been eligible to represent the birth country of either of his parents.

France centre-back Samuel Umtiti was born outside of France, in Yaounde, Cameroon, to be precise. He spent the first two years of his life in his birth country but then moved to France. Cameroon made serious attempts to convince Umtiti, who played for France at U17 and U21 level, to represent his birth country at senior level, but he opted to play for France. Not even Cameroon legend Roger Milla could convince him otherwise.

Overall, there are 14 players with African roots in France’s squad for Russia 2018. They draw heritage from nine different African countries, namely Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, Mali, Angola, Togo, Morocco and Algeria.

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9 comments

  1. 14 African nations are Francophonie with a population of about 200million using CFA(colonial money)
    So 14 is small number someday it will be the entire team.

  2. I would rather represent France or another country than the shambolic fruadulent banana LRCEven players who cannot make it to the bench still do not to palay for LRC.Look at a clear corruption case of ekema Patrick who faked certificates to enter UB,Where is he?Still the mayor right??Where in the world would you find such an idiot still in control?How would foreign institutions accept our cetificates?UB’s high academic reputation is vanishing,Small countries like iceland ,quatar,malta and even iceland far better than us,

  3. Mbappe’s mother is from Morocco not Algeria. Learn your own wrangling properly. Hope the cunt roaming this forum with the same pseudo will show some respect and it reply as this has nothing to do with the twat.

  4. Patriotism is not taught in Africa, and that’s a major reason behind African parents allowing their African foreign born children to play football for Western nations.

  5. @Shek, I think its a little bit more complicated than that. Is “patriotism” thought in Turkey or Poland? how many players or Turkish and polish decent have represented Germany in the world cup? A lot of this “kids” are French, all their friends and french and all they know is France and French identity, they have in some cases never been to Africa and have always dreamed or representing “their” country at this stage. Like I said, a little more complicated. i think.

    • True, but it depends on how Africans living abroad raise their children. In a lot of cases i know, if the father is still a huge part of the child’s life, that child will most likely represent the country of his father. This is not a general stat, just my observation. But I believe how u raise ur children determines how they see themselves.

  6. LRC still proud of their France “Overall, there are 14 players with African roots in France’s squad for Russia 2018. They draw heritage from nine different African countries, namely Guinea, Cameroon, Senegal, DR Congo, Mali, Angola, Togo, Morocco and Algeria” Who cares, Southern Cameroonians do not care. France has done so much harm to Africa that Algeria and Guinea tried to have them pay but were betrayed by other Francofools. Nigeria would soon know how bad France is, if Nigeria continues to allow France exploit Nigerian petroleum/Oil