This article profiles six uncapped African players who have the potential to flourish at the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
World Cup years always have the capacity to shape the landscape of international football. While legacies will undoubtedly be forged in the stadia of Brazil, new heroes will be discovered and fresh villains will be cast.
Going into a major international tournament, national coaches often scour the world looking for those uncapped players that could make that crucial little difference to their squad or give them that cutting edge. The nets are cast far and wide and new stars are recruited to shine on the most prestigious stage of all.
For players, the temptation can be too much.
Ahead of the last World Cup, Algeria were just one nation to thoroughly assess their options in order to give themselves the best possible chance of success.
Thus, the likes of Ryad Boudebouz, Carl Medjani and Habib Bellaid were co-opted into the Algeria squad, despite having represented France at youth level. The promise of an invitation to the world’s grandest stage proved too much for men who had once only dreamed of turning out for France.
Expect this narrative to be replayed as we countdown to Brazil next summer.