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Eduardo Camavinga, Ansu Fati and 8 Africans Who Will Be Representing Other Nations at the 2022 World Cup
- The ripple effect of Africa's impressive production line inures to the benefit of other nations, supplying them with a considerable number of football talents
- Among the truckload of stars born in Africa representing other nations at the impending World Cup includes Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga, Alphonso Davies and Ansu Fati
- Meanwhile, the continent will seek to break the quarterfinal glass ceiling for the continent’s sport
Africa has proven to be an effective production house for the 'most loved' sport across the face of the earth, football, supplying the world game with a litany of fine talents.
The overload of talent on the continent has not only benefited Africa but has invariably been of tremendous benefit to other nations across the globe.
The most notable example of this is the French national team - both past and present - who have benefitted largely from Africa's unending production line.
This year's edition of the World Cup in Qatar, the first in the Middle East, will be a continuation of what has been a tradition of African talents representing other countries at the Mundial, as noted by Georgetown Qatar.
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Sports Brief takes a look at players born in Africa, who will be representing other nations at the 2022 World Cup which kickstarts on Sunday, November 20:
Steve Mandanda (France)
Born in DR Congo, the Olympique Marseille shot-stopper will be representing France as Les Bleus seeks to defend the title they won in 2018.
Mandanda will be making his third appearance at the biggest sporting festival.
He earned the nickname "Frenchie" amongst his relatives for having chosen to play for the France national football team rather than Congo, his country of birth.
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Youssoufa Moukoko (Germany)
The World Cup will be awash with talented young stars keen to display their magnificent ability during the tournament but Moukoko will have the enviable honour as the youngest player in Qatar.
Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Moukoko has been breathtaking during his 14 games in the Bundesliga this season.
Amadou Onana (Belgium)
Onana will have his first taste of being present at a major tournament for his adopted country which marks another crucial step on his impressive rise as a professional footballer.
The Everton midfielder was born in Dakar, Senegal and could have represented the reigning African champions but opted to play for the Red Devils of Belgium.
Ismail Kone (Canada)
Born in Cote d'Ivoire, Kone is among a host of players born in Africa to naturalize for another nation participating in the World Cup.
The CF Montreal midfielder is held in high esteem in Canada and could seal a move to mainstream Europe after the competition.
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Mohammed Muntari (Qatar)
The 29-year-old was born and raised in Kumasi, Ghana, but relocated to Qatar after successfully going through the Aspire Academy program.
The Al Duhail striker boasts of 13 goals for Qatar and will be tasked with providing goals for the host nation, Qatar while playing the second fiddle to marksman Almoez Ali.
Ansu Fati (Spain)
Ansu Fati’s selection to the Spanish team for the upcoming FIFA World Cup was by far the biggest surprise in Luis Enrique’s final squad owing to his lack of game time at Barcelona.
Fati, who scored in Spain's last dress rehearsal before the tournament, is prepared to make full use of the opportunity and make a name for himself in the Mundial.
Born in Guinea Bissau, the Barca prodigy may have made the best decision by choosing La Roja ahead of his country of birth considering his football aspirations.
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Alphonso Davies (Canada)
Bayern Munich defender was actually born in a refugee camp in Ghana before his parents sought greener pastures by travelling to Canada.
His intelligent breaks combine timing, control and power to surge past opponents and are a weapon Canada will exploit and his career acceleration has been just as swift
He will thrill the world with his well-timed breaks but unfortunately for the North American nation.
Eduardo Camavinga (France)
The 20-year-old Real Madrid midfielder was recently targeted by racist abuse on social media, following his tackle on Christopher Nkunku which saw the latter ruled out of the World Cup through injury.
He is expected to play a pivotal role for France in their World Cup defence following the absence of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante.
Born in a refugee camp in Angola to Congolese parents, Camavinga became France’s youngest goal scorer in over a century at age 17.
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Danilo Pereira (Portugal)
Born in Guinea-Bissau, Pereira represented Portugal at youth levels before making his senior international debut in 2015.
The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder was part of the Portuguese squads that won UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals.
Breel Embolo (Switzerland)
Born in Cameroon, Embolo moved with his family to France before finally settling in Switzerland.
Having represented Switzerland at UEFA Euro 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2020, the former Borussia Mönchengladbach star will be appearing at his fourth major tournament for the European nation.
Africa's performance at the World Cup
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Africa has had some memorable moments at past FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Since Egypt qualified for the 1934 edition that was held in Italy - becoming the first African nation to do so - there have been highlights as well as lowlights that Sports Brief will skim over ahead of the Qatar showpiece event's kick-off on Sunday evening.
The Carthage Eagles claimed Africa's first win at the tournament when Ali Kaabi, Nejib Ghommidh and Mokhtar Dhouieb fired the North Africans to victory over El Tri.