Which players should you be keeping an eye on from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ethiopia and reigning champions Zambia in Group C of the Afcon 2013?
The African Cup of Nations gets under way on Saturday and despite its unfortunate disruption to some of Europe’s big leagues it remains the most popular international tournament other than the World Cup and Euros.
It also acts as a great scouting opportunity for European clubs in particular to run the rule over potential transfer targets that catch the eye.
So which players from Group C should we keep an eye on including Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and reigning champions Zambia?
Everyone will want to run the rule over this young centre back after Reading snapped him up from TP Mazembe this January. Previously linked with Arsenal he is considered one of Africa’s top young talents and was pivotal in Chipolopolo winning the competition last season. The young man will now have many more admirers and it will be interesting to see how he deals with that pressure as Zambia try to keep the title in Southern Africa.
Another team who have plenty of talented players to keep an eye on but for the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa is the one to watch. Currently keeping Alan Dzagoev out the team at CSKA he is likely to be a regular starter for the side as they try to put recent disappointments behind them.
The 24-year-old Marseille midfielder has the opportunity to be one of the tournaments star performers if he can help mould a talented Stallions side into a genuine contender. A combative midfielder much of the play is likely to come through him as the star man. If he can contain the talented players of Nigeria and Zambia then Burkina Faso might shock a few people.
Sure there are not many household names in the Ethiopia side but that does not mean none of them could stand out at the tournament. Considered a star in his homeland Said is also the most expensive player in the country’s history after he moved to Egyptian side Wadi Degla in 2012 for around £100k. He has an impressive tally of nine goals in 12 appearances for the Walya Antelopes and any hope of a miracle in South Africa will rely heavily on the 24-year-old strikers ability to find the net.
Will you be keeping an eye on any of these players?
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