French leader to soccer team: 'Don't change'

Dean Simpson
July 19, 2018

Former Super Eagles captain, Sunday Oliseh said that the number of African descent in the French winning squad to Russian Federation 2018 means the continent can also claim to have won its first World Cup title as well.

It marked France's first time winning the World Cup since Les Bleus won the championship on home soil in 1998.

He is, only the second teenager after Pele to score a World Cup Final.

His knowhow showed as the World Cup went on, and for that reason he is RealSport's manager of the tournament.

In fact only one player of the 22 who started the final - Golden Ball victor Luka Modric - was named in the team. They fight hard to tell people they are proud French people and yet you disrespect them calling them African.

Speaking in Johannesburg to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth, Obama said that embracing diversity "delivers practical benefits since it ensures that a society can draw upon the energy and skills of all. people". Is it Africa winning when the United States of America win Gold medals in the Olympics?

World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup - that's all France is talking about.

President of France Emmanuel Macron and President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic want to kiss the World Cup held by FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the trophy ceremony following the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final between France and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

But eventually the French players - who had remained silent, perhaps bemused by the row, felt compelled to speak out.

"I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent - as I have always done for every team I have ever played for".

"That's France. There are many origins here".

France forward Kylian Mbappe, center, and forward Ousmane Dembele sign autographs during an official reception at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris, Monday, July 16, 2018.

Perhaps the best response to the row was by the French defender Benjamin Mendy, who replied to a tweet by the Sporf website which in a positive attempt to highlight the origins of the players put a flag next to each name in the French squad.

That really should be the last word.

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