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Hilarious Kenyans label France hero as 'their own' after win over Belgium

Emmanuel Olengwe
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France international Umutiti. He scored the only goal in France's victory. [Photo/pulselive.co.ke]

Kenyans are known for their habits of associating themselves with any successful person in the world. You cant forget how people in Kenya celebrated Barrack Obama's victory in the USA. They feel much proud to be related to any successful figure in the world.

Their habit was not left behind in this year's world cup finals. They have been supporting all teams with African players. On Tuesday, most of the Kenyans were behind France as they struggled with Belgium for semi-finals.

They have grabbed France international player Umutiti as theirs after he scored the only goal of the match.

Kenyans on social media have rallied in praise of their ‘cousin’ French defender Samuel Umtiti following his standout performance in his team’s 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium at the FIFA World Cup.

The 24-year old Barcelona player scored the all-important goal in the contest played as they aim to clinch football's most coveted title.

The Les Blues have progressed to the final of the tournament and are set to meet the winner of the other semi between England and Croatia on Sunday.

Twenty-four-year-old Umtiti was born in Cameroon but like many of his teammates shifted his allegiance to France.

The Kenyan interest in the player stems from the name ‘Umtiti’ which is a common word used by the Luhya tribe to describe a small thing or entity.

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