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24 Stars With African Roots In World Cup Semi-Final

24 Stars With African Roots In 2018 FIFA World Cup Semi-Final

By David Kappel - Jul 10, 2018 07:15 PM @kappilinho

When France meet Belgium in the first semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as many as 24 players with African heritage will be involved.

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Les Bleus have as many as 15 players with African roots in their 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia, and Didier Deschamps' side had at least five players who would have been eligible to represent African nations by birth or via their parents in each of their starting line-ups at this year's World Cup.

Three players in the France squad, namely N'Golo Kante, Djibril Sidibe and Ousmane Dembele, would have been eligible to play for Mali, while Steve Mandanda, Steven Nzonzi and Prisnel Kimpembe would have qualified to wear the DR Congo shirt.

Kylian Mbappe and Samuel Umtiti have Cameroonian roots, while Paul Pogba's family comes from Guinea. Nabil Fekir (Algeria), Blaise Matuidi (Angola), Adil Rami (Morocco), Thomas Lemar (Nigeria), Benjamin Mendy (Senegal) and Corentin Tolisso (Togo) all have African roots as well.

On Belgium's side, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, Youri Tielemans and Dedryck Boyata each have at least one Congolese parent, with Congo having been a colony of the European nation until 1960.

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Meanwhile, Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli hail from Morocco, Mousa Dembele has a Malian father, and Axel Witsel was born to a French Caribbean father. Overall, nine of Belgium's 23 players at the tournament are of African heritage, but opted to represent the European nation.

Which players of African origin do you think will shine in the clash between France and Belgium? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Makarina Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Makarina Jul 11, 2018 11:59 PM
They play poorly when representing their native countries but break their legs when they represent their colonial masters. Maybe South Africans should do the same i.e. represent England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, their colonial masters.
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Makarina Jul 11, 2018 11:55 PM
We can call them Fill-In-The-Gaps Africans for them European powerhouses.
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vigolove Joined: 10 Jul 2018
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vigolove Jul 11, 2018 05:00 PM
Its an obvious thing than most west African nation are speaking French and its simple for them to get France citizenship unlike here in south Africa were we call our brothers makwerekwere forgetting that if we give those people a chance the can contribute to much on this beautiful country
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Warras4phefeni Joined: 09 Nov 2017
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Warras4phefeni Jul 11, 2018 11:41 AM
Let them play over there in Europe because its clear if they represented their respective countries they wouldn't have made it to where they are.
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ebamba60 Joined: 11 Jul 2018
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ebamba60 Jul 11, 2018 06:21 AM
Who in his/her correct mindset would choose to represent these corrupt ass****e african states? And you journalist dont write that story again, it's none of your bussiness
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So-Mathabo-KBY Joined: 29 Aug 2016
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So-Mathabo-KBY Jul 10, 2018 10:23 PM
Where would they be had they opted to play for these corrupt African countries?....Don't publish this article again before or after the final, we've had it now..I wonder were you copied this cowditor
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Kgwara Joined: 17 Sep 2011
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Kgwara Jul 10, 2018 08:55 PM
How many players in Drc who failed to qualify
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Kgwara Jul 10, 2018 08:53 PM
Africa has nothing those players learned football in foreign countries not in Africa
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Kidos Joined: 28 Aug 2014
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Kidos Jul 10, 2018 07:48 PM
I can't blame them, if they see it as to get good opportunity financially is good for them

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