5 Players to Follow Nabil Bentaleb in Representing Africa in the World Cup

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5 Players to Follow Nabil Bentaleb in Representing Africa in the World Cup
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Ahead of a major tournament such as a World Cup or an African Cup of Nations competition, there is a natural impulse of international managers to try and recruit the best possible squad of those players available to them.

For many African coaches, this means tapping into their country’s extensive diasporas; that is, the spread of people with one national origin beyond the geographical borders of that land.

The decision of Nabil Bentaleb to turn his back on France, a country he represented at the youth level, to play for Algeria, the land of his parents, goes some way to illustrate the allure the World Cup can have for young players keen to make an impact at the international level.

This article presents five other players who, like Bentaleb, have potentially split international loyalties and could be tempted to sign up for an African nation ahead of Brazil 2014.

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