Extensive pre-World Cup coverage has focused on Africa’s key players and the stars that are destined to light up the summer’s showpiece.
Naturally, the cream of the continent deserve attention and praise, but beneath them there is another layer of African talent who could also make an impact in Brazil.
The players featured in this piece are not currently their respective sides' star men. Some are international regulars coming off the back of dreadful seasons, others have enjoyed fine campaigns but have yet to truly assert themselves within their national sides.
Others are simply in danger of being squeezed out by the competition.
Each of Africa’s five nations have been considered and all are represented in this list.