Russia 2018: 20 'African' Players Starred In France Vs Belgium
After the 5 African teams crashed out of Russia 2018, the World Cup still has some Africanness.
This is because the continent is still indirectly represented in the tournament.
France played against Belgium in the semifinal match of the World Cup and 20 players with African roots were listed for the historic game.
Nigeria, also has a reason to cheer for one of its allies - France.
The French President, Emmanuel Macron urged Nigerians to support France at the World Cup, after all 'We are all Africans'.
Belgium had eight footballers with roots spanning three African nations, while France has 12 African players coming from 10 African countries including Cameroon, Senegal, Democratic Republic Of Congo and Algeria.
Two of such players are Vincent Kompany and Romelu Lukaku whose parents are from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
They were instrumental to Belgium’s success at the World Cup.
Here are all the players and their African countries:
Kylian Mbappé (Cameroon/Algeria)
Paul Pogba (Guinea)
Steve Mandanda (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Blaise Matuidi (Angola/Congo)
N'Golo Kanté (Mali)
Ousmane Dembélé (Senegal, Mali and Mauritania)
Nabil Fekir (Algerian)
Samuel Umtiti (Cameroon)
Adil Rami (Morocco)
Benjamin Mendy (Senegal)
Djibril Sidibe (Senegal)
Presnel Kimpembe (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Vincent Kompany (Democratic Republic of Congo
Marouane Fellaini (Morocco)
Romelu Lukaku – (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Mousa Dembélé (Mali)
Dedryck Boyata (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Michy Batshuayi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Nacer Chadli (Morocco)
Youri Tielemans (Democratic Republic of Congo)
So which 'African' team would you support?