NEW YORK- Daily Show host Trevor Noah comments that the “African” team won the World Cup come with heated debate and criticism, even the French ambassador to the United States of America Gerard Araud responded to the comment in a detailed letter.
On Sunday, France claimed their second title in 20 years after a 4-2 victory over Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
After Africa’s poor showing at this year’s world cup in Russia many Africans started siding and supporting France because majority of their players having an African background.
The French team: 14 of France’s 23-man squad are of African descent – Presnel Kimpembe (Congo), Samuel Umtiti (Cameroon), Paul Pogba (Guinea), Kylian Mbappe (Cameroon/Algeria), Ousmane Dembélé (Mauritius/Senegal/Mali), Corentin Tolisso (Togo), N’Golo Kante (Mali), Blaise Matuidi (Angola/Congo), Steven Nzonzi (Congo), Steve Mandanda (DRC), Adil Rami (Morocco), Nabil Fekir (Algeria), Djibril Sidibé (Mali), Benjamin Mendy (Senegal).
Noah took to his show to clear the air and explain his joke that Africa won the world cup.
The French ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud didn’t like that I congratulated Africa on France’s World Cup victory. Here’s my response:
Posted by Trevor Noah on Wednesday, 18 July 2018
When I say they're African, I’m not saying it as a way to exclude them from their Frenchness. I’m saying it to include them in my Africanness. https://t.co/8RW4Rvt7m6
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 19, 2018
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