The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup Of Nations ongoing in Cameroon is filled with European-born players. The French call them “bi-nationaux” – players born to African parents who have the advantage of having come through the European development system where the coaching, facilities and opportunities give them a distinct advantage over their counterparts growing up in Africa.

Northbound migration over the decades has created a generation with one foot on either continent … and, in football terms, a massive reservoir of ready-made talent for African national teams to pick from.

Debutant, Comoros have the highest number of overseas-born players with 26 out of the 28 players born abroad.

23 were born in France while three were born in Mayotte, Following on the list is Morocco with 18 players born in France, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain and Germany.

Others on the list are Equatorial Guinea with 17 players, Algeria, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia and Cape Verde with 12 players while Sierra Leone and Senegal have 11 and 10 players on their final 28 man squad born abroad to Sierra Leone and Senegalese parents.

While most Africa Countries parade players born overseas in their AFCON 2021 Squad, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia and Malawi are the only African countries that have all their players born at home.

Below are rankings of Countries with players born overseas.

1. Comoros – 26 players
2. Morocco – 18 players
3. Equatorial Guinea – 17 players
4. Mauritania – 14 players
5. Gabon – 13 players
6. Algeria – 12 players
6. Cape Verde – 12 players
6. Tunisia – 12 players
6. Guinea-Bissau – 12 players
10. Sierra Leone – 11 players
11. Guinea – 10 players
11. Senegal – 10 players
13. Mali – 9 players
14. Cameroon – 7 players
14. Ivory Coast – 7 players
16. Nigeria – 6 players
17. Burkina Faso – 5 players
17. Ghana – 5 players
17. Gambia – 5 players
20. Zimbabwe – 2 players

Sudan –
Egypt – 0
Ethiopia – 0
Malawi – 0

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