WINNERS: France may have won the World Cup on paper, an honor that has not yet reached an African nation, but their team would look a lot different – and smaller – if you take away the players that are declare themselves as Africans
SO, BACK to Pele's prediction that an African team would win the World Cup before the year 2000 …
Well, one can imagine the number of football experts representing the Brazilian football legend mocked as the new millennium came and the name of an African country stood on the trophy.
They laughed and they laughed and they laughed and they pointed to these "naive" African defenders, not to speak of African football associations They were not fit to fight against the supremacy of the European leagues that every soccer fanatic in Africa pursued ,
The appearance of a point in her dismissal of the notion that the black man ever (to paraphrase the infamous and venomous Enoch Powell "bloodstreams" rivers) has the upper hand over the white man on the football field.
To be honest, I and many football fans of African descent lamented most of our lives the disappearance of a world best African nation at the World Cup.
For years, decades and generations, we have been waiting for another Moses to liberate our people from the slings and arrows that only ever make it to the semi-finals.
And every four years we do the same ritual, pray to God or the gods and place offerings on makeshift shrines in our living rooms to the deities of football implore them to smile upon us once.
We asked for an Obama of football, a God-given miracle. In fact, it would be a greater miracle if an African nation won the World Cup than the miracle of a black becoming President of the United States. And it would undoubtedly have a bigger impact.
A bigger impact? Yes, because at the end of the day, the election of Barack Obama for the first time in the 2008 United States presidency has made us all feel good.
It was like, "Come on, baby, let the good times roll ̵
Well, here is the joke: France's victory in Moscow last Sunday in the final of the 2018 World Cup raised the question of whether France won it or whether it was really Africa that won it.
And with good reason. If you look at the list of players in the French team, it was hard to find one – apart from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Griezmann – who does not come from Africa.
Look at this list of "French" players: Presnel Kimpembe, Congo; Samuel Umtiti, Cameroon; Paul Pogba, Guinea; Ousmane Dembele, Senegal / Mali; Corentin Tolisso, Togo; N & # 39; Golo Kante, Mali; Blaise Matuidi, DR Congo / Angola; Steve Mandanda, DR Congo
And of course, the star of the French team is the 19-year-old prodigy Kylian Mbappe, who is half Nigerian and half Cameroonian. So, if you do not mind, I'll claim him as one of us and conclude that it was not just an African team that won the World Cup, but it was a Nigerian kid who won it.
Okay, do not get carried away here. The record shows that it was France that won it. And so the story will remember. Just as the story takes Brazil as a South American team, though not one of their footballers over the many times they have won the World Cup can not say that they are not African blood.
There are those like Pele, who were kissed by the African sun in the complexion, and those who hunt African blood through their veins, as does the great Ronaldo (the original).
To be sure, Africa has won the World Cup several times – as Brazil. In a way, Pele might have been right all along with that wink, and no doubt he knew it was when he raised his prediction for the new millennium all those years ago. Nevertheless, nobody could have prepared the world for the glory of French Africans.
Because most of these French players, if not all, call themselves Africans. That's the fascinating thing about French colonialism.
It has never considered the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique as colonies, but as "departments" of France. Or, if you want, counties of France. In fact, if you see the evening news in the French West Indies, as these Caribbean islands are known, it is exactly the same message that you see when you are in Paris.
If the weatherman says it's snowing tomorrow, Guadeloupier and people from Martinique will have to wonder about this "tipper" – the cold white stuff. But while people in the Antilles rejoice on Sunday as if football were returning to their part of the Caribbean, there were not many people in French Africa who felt they were winning France
They are not French and most of their children live there, and even some born in France do not see themselves as French. Some of their compatriots can play in a marriage of convenience for France, but because of the way they were treated in France from birth, they always see themselves differently from Frenchmen.
Such was my way The generation saw itself in England when we were treated by all and all, including the government, as scum.
If we can rely on anything, we must be better treated today because our younger generation, unlike their French counterparts, is perpetual (19659004) Read every story in our printed newspaper for free by downloading the app .