As the battles continue in the Africa Cup of Nations currently underway in Egypt BBC has outlined some of the best players the world must watch during the tournament.
After lifting the French title with Paris Saint-Germain this season, Cameroon skipper Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is hoping to add another medal to his tally as they chase a sixth Africa Cup of Nations trophy.
He has already netted 14 goals in 49 appearances for his country, including two in qualification, but is yet to get on the scoresheet in Egypt.
Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has started and played the full 90 minutes in each of Ghana’s opening matches, as well as scoring in the 2-2 draw with Benin.
He was a key figure of the side which finished fourth in 2017, starting all six matches and picking up a goal and an assist as Ghana were eventually defeated by champions Cameroon in the semi-finals.
After sitting out six matches in a row – including a qualifier against Kenya in August last year – he scored twice on his return and has started five of the last six games.
It’s his fourth finals, having already appeared in 2012, 2015 and 2018. He was a substitute in the final defeat to Ivory Coast four years ago.
Mali striker Moussa Marega had one of his most successful seasons for Porto, finishing among the top scorers in the Champions League after netting in six consecutive games. Only Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski scored more.
This is his second international tournament with Mali, after he played all three games in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations before they exited with two points.
Eighteen-year-old Marc Lamti only made his debut for Tunisia in June, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 friendly win over Iraq.
The young Bayer Lever kusen defender is a big talent and having picked up another friendly appearance against Burundi, has been named on the bench for their two opening matches of Afcon.
He is yet to make a first team appearance for German club Bayer Leverkusen but has been a key figure for their youth teams – playing the full 90 minutes in 24 of 26 Bundesliga West games for the under-19s last season.
The home-grown talent has trained with the first team under Peter Bosz and could make a surprise appearance in Tunisia’s final group game if qualification is secured early-on.