8 talents in Europe eligible for SA


Algeria recently won AFCON with 14 players born outside of Africa and with many nations now taking advantage of dual nationality, there are several promising youngsters abroad eligible for South Africa.

Amongst some of the nations that have enjoyed success with the advantage of dual citizenship has been 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France - with Les Blues having 14 representitives with African heritage.

Scroll the gallery above to see all eight promising youngsters eligible to represent South Africa

In the past, George Koumantarakis, Pierre Issa, Davide Somma, Ricardo Nunes switched alligiences from their European nations for Bafana Bafana and more recently Dean Furman and Lars Veldwijk - who are current squad members.

But a new wave of emerging talents seems to be on the horizon, lead by Premier League duo Nikola Tavarez and Khanya Leshabela for Crystal Palace and Leicester City respectively.

Both youngsters are on the cusp of breakthroughs, featuring heavily in the club's reserves sides and featuring in the first-team training during the recent off-season.

Tavarez, who is eligible to represent Croatia, earned a call-up to the Bafana squad for AFCON 2019, but passport issues prevented him from honouring the selection from former head coach Stuart Baxter.

Other players in Europe include highly-rated Hungarian youth international striker Andras Nemeth, a 16-year-old starring within the academy of Belgian giants Genk.

SAFA have been actively monitoring the progress of several of the talented players abroad, which has been displayed by the recent call-ups of Katlego Mashigo (18) and Siph Mdlalose (20) - who are eligible for Ireland and England respectively.

Both players were developed in academies in England and have been included in the latest Amajita squad for the All Africa Games in Morocco that kicks off this week.