This feature profiles 10 young African players who could be poised to enjoy breakout campaigns over the 2014/15 season.
For the purpose of this piece, we are looking for players who may be set to enjoy a sudden rise in their status or reputation based on their on-field performances over the coming year.
Thus, those featured in the coming slides are players who we are backing to improve their standing within the world game over the coming 12 months.
Some are complete rookies, barely taking their first baby steps in the game, while others are already established internationals who look primed to take their game to another level this season, or indeed to “break out” in a new league or a new context.
It is important to note that while all of the players listed here are eligible to represent African nations, some currently feature (or have featured) for the youth sides of European countries.