African players won the 2018 FIFA World Cup for France

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/07/2018

African players won the 2018 FIFA World Cup for France in 4-2 win over Croatia in Sunday's final at Luzhniki Stadium in Russia to end the Mundial in grand style.

Their manager, Didier Deschamps, became only the third man in history to win the World Cup both as a player (1998) and as a manager, as he led his young but talented side to glory.

Les Blues' victory can also be acknowledged as a triumph for the African continent as more than half the squad have African connections. However, the African descent could have chosen to play for the African continent, but choose to represent the European giants instead.

The Fifteen of the squad of 23 Les Blues players has an African origin, including goalscorers Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe with the victory in Moscow, meant Les Bleus had defeated the two opponents that beat Super Eagles in Russia the likes of Argentina [4-3] in the last 16 of the tournament and Croatia [4-2] in the final.

Manchester United midfielder parents arrived from Guinea, while teenage sensation and winner of the 2018 World Cup Young Player of the Tournament was born in France to a Cameroonian father and Algerian mother.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon who was arguably one of the best defenders in the whole competition alongside his teammate Raphael Varane. He was so highly rated that indomitable Lions legend Roger Milla even tried to get him to play for the five-times African Champions.

An evergreen midfield colossus despite his small size, N'Golo Kante put in a stellar performance for Les Bleus in Russia born in France, both his parents are from Mali. He was approached by the Mali national team in 2015 ahead of the African Cup Of Nations, but declined to represent them and chose the European nation instead.

Backup goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in Zaire. Others descended from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, and Nigeria.

France have never needed to go beyond 90 minutes in their run to the final after beating Argentina in the round of 16, Uruguay in the last eight and Belgium in the semi-finals.

The French people's has embrace of African players to their nations during their 1998 triumph with many players in the squad has African origin with the likes of Patrick Viera, Zinedine Zidane, Marcel Desilly, Christian Karembeu, Lilian Thuram and Bernard Lama.