Since the monetization of the Premier League opened it up to become a global competition, the EPL has welcomed many wonderful African players to its shores.
Probably the best African footballer in the Premier League right now, is the man pictured: Yaya Toure, of Manchester City and the Ivory Coast.
However, Toure is not the type of player that we're going to focus on today. Instead we look at the players who arrived in South Africa under something of a cloud and have returned, if not as conquering heroes, then at least in much brighter spirits.
Here are five Premier League stars whose reputations grew at the African Cup of Nations.