Fikile Mbalula blames neo-colonialism for African footballers making France their home

Fikile Mbalula blames neo-colonialism for African footballers making France their home

- Former sports minister Fikile Mbalula has once again taken to Twitter to rant and rave

- Mbalula questioned how people were shocked by ‘half’ the French football side being either African or of African descent

- The outspoken politician blamed a lack of academies and professional leagues in Africa for the migration of young players.

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The former minister of sport (and later police) Fikile Mbalula has once again shown a Donald Trump-like love of Twitter and launched another of his (in)famous rants. Mbalula questioned how people could be shocked that ‘half’ of the World Cup winning French national football side were either African or of African descent.

Mbalula seemed to blame the phenomenon of young African players migrating to European countries on a lack of academies and professional leagues caused by neo-colonialism.

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According to Mbalula, this lack of training coupled with the prospect of having to play in sub-standard leagues caused many young African players to move to Europe to improve their personal outlooks.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Mbalula added that countries like France had grabbed the to opportunity to naturalise many of these young Africans which allowed them to rise through the ranks and become world-class players.

Mbalula’s view is supported by Wilfred Mbappe, Kyle Mbappe’s dad. Wilfred said via a Tweet that he wanted his son to play for his native Cameroon, but an official at the Cameroon Football Association asked him for money to allow his son to play.

Wilfred said at the time he could not afford to pay the bribe and since the French welcomed his son the family moved to France. He added that corruption had the power to kill the dreams and aspirations of a nation.

Mbalula went on to say that South Africa did not suffer from the same issues as many other African countries because the country had a very well-established league and had world-class youth academies.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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