Former Nigeria Captain Sunday Oliseh says Africa must take credit for France's World Cup triumph

Published on: 17 July 2018

Former Captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has joined in the long list of Africans who think France's world Cup conquest should be credited to the continent.  

The ex-footballer indicated the increasing number of French players with African origin can be easily alluded to a team from the continent.

Oliseh says that seeing so many players of African descent in the French winning squad to Russia 2018 means the continent can also claim to have won its first World Cup title as well.

Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco were the five teams that represented Africa at this edition, but none made it past the group stage, but Oliseh says the continent can now take consolation from France’s success at the global soccer showpiece.

While congratulating France for their success, Oliseh highlighted the heavy African flavour in Didier Deschamps’ 2018 World Cup-winning squad.

"Finally, Africa wins its first World Cup but in French colours lol. Congratulations France, well deserved. Love the Croatian spirit though & their great team spirit,” Oliseh wrote.

The victorious squad have a huge number of African-born players among their top stars, including two goalscorers in the final, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as N’Golo Kante, Samuel Umtiti and a couple of others.

Without any African country reaching the semi-finals of the Mundial ever and all falling short this year, Oliseh joined in the consolatory approach from fans across the continent in claiming their input in France’s second World Cup triumph.