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Player migration offers new riches to African national teams

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Player migration offers new riches to African national teams

African countries are always looking for a connection that could qualify players for a place on the national team

Mark Gleeson

The steady flow of players migrating from Africa to Europe over the last few decades means there is now a larger pool of talent available for African national teams, and many have dipped into this pool at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.

Over the last 15 editions of the tournament there has been a steady increase in the number of Europe-based players representing African countries.

At the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Senegal, only three players among the 12 participating countries were born in Europe: two in France who represented Algeria, and Nigerian international Reuben Agboola, born in London to a Nigerian father and English mother...

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