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AFCON 2019: CAN THIS NATURALISED ELEVEN WIN THE TROPHY?

African countries over the years past have produced excellent footballers. Yet, talk about glory in the sport and European and South American countries easily come to mind. Europeans have enjoyed some African moments. 

Liberian, George Weah remains the only African to have been crowned as the Best Footballer in the world which is a bit unfair regarding the talent abound on the continent.

The last World Cup won by France had close to 14 players of African descent in the squad. With the quest for survival prominent, migrating from the continent looks the only way. This contributes to the change in nationality of most footballers from Africa.

As the AFCON soon comes, we present to you a naturalized team with players who could have been participating in the 32nd AFCON to be held in Egypt.



Goalkeeper: 
Steve Mandanda Mpidi
Nicknamed "Frenchie" for his decision to play for France, the footballer from DR Congo has represented France at 5 international tournaments. 31 games for Olympic Marseille in the 2018/19 league season, Steve remains the obvious choice in between the sticks. A league title winner with Marseille, Steve has 3 younger brothers, all of them goalkeepers.

Defenders
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
The 21 year old defender ditched Congo DR for England in 2019 having represnted the Central Africans at the youth level. The London born right back made 39 appearances for Crystal Palace in his full debut season impressing all and sundry with his energetic runs.

 David Alaba
Born to a Prince from Ogere, Nigeria and a Philippine mum, Alaba chose to represent Austria, his country of birth at 17. The defender won the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich scoring 3 goals and assisting 3 others in 29 starts.

Manuel Obafemi Akanji
Born to a Nigerian father in Neftenbach, Switzerland, the defender joined Dortmund in 2018. He played a key role as Dortmund tried to wrestle the Bundesliga from the hands of Bayern Munich. The 23 year old played 25 times averaging 3.5 clearances per game.

Presnel Kimpembe
Completing the defensive line is PSG's Presnel another player with a Congolese blood. His defensive abilities aided the Paris side to another league honor.

Midfielders
N'golo Kante
Born to Malian parents in France, turned down the chance to represent Mali in 2015. Now 28, the 2018 world beater helped Chelsea to the Europa League trophy in 2018/19. He managed 4 goals and 4 assists in an advanced role this season for the Blues in the league.

Youri  Tielemans
The 2017 Belgian Professional Footballer of the year was in superb form for Leicester City FC in the English League. His 3 goals and 4 assists in 13 games helped his new side as they rose in the league standings.

Paul Labile Pogba
Born to Guinean parents, the Manchester United player remains one of the biggest assets in the sport. The 26 year old scored 13 times, providing a further 9 as his side struggled in the league.

Tiemoue Bakayoko
Athletic and powerful, the player of Ivorian descent had a good enough season on loan at AC Milan. From deep midfield areas, he scored 1 league goal whilst racking 3.3 tackles on the average in 6 Europa League games.

Forwards:
Karim Mostafa Benzema
Not the last Algerian to feature for the French side, the immensely talented forward was Real Madrid's sole hope in a bad season. With his international career already capsized, scored 29 times in all competitions for Los Blancos. Benzema chose not to represent Algeria in 2006.

Kylian Mbappe
Born to a Cameroonian and Algerian mum, the pact 20 year old scored 33 times and assisted 7 more in 24 starts as PSG won the French league title.



Lining up in a 4-4-2 Diamond system,  can they be defeated by any African team? 
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