Which players should you be keeping an eye on from Ivory Coast, Algeria, Togo and Tunisia in Group D, or as it is also being dubbed the 'Group of Death', at 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 D should we keep an eye on including Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Algeria and Togo; otherwise known as the ‘Group of Death’?
Obviously there are plenty of household names from the Ivory Coast that you should keep your eyes on but Wilfried Bony is also a talent to keep an eye on. The Vitesse Arnhem striker has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Chelsea in recent months and is considered the natural successor to Didier Drogba’s throne. You can see why as they have similar playing styles and this could be the perfect opportunity to prove his billing.
The Toulouse defender is one of Ligue 1’s most consistent players and has been linked with Arsenal in the past year. Turned from a left-winger to a centre back he has excelled over the past 12 months. He is a powerful and skilful defender who will be tasked with silencing Dider Drogba when they face the Ivory Coast.
While striker Islam Slimani also deserves a mention as he could be one of the breakout players of the tournament there is little doubt that Valencia midfielder Feghouli will be keenly watched throughout. Algerian fans have high hopes ahead of the competition after they rocketed to 19th in the most recent World Rankings and the former French under-21 international is pivotal to any success.
While Emmanuel Adebayor will obviously receive the most attention from the Togo side a mention has to be made about their solid defender Akakpo. If anybody could use the competition for a move to a more illustrious club it would have to be the versatile MSK Zilina defender. Younes Kaboul once spoke of his exceptional talent and the former French youth international will enjoy using this opportunity to show what he can do against some of the most dangerous strikers on the continent.
Will you be keeping an eye on any of these players?