10 European talents eligible for Bafana

SA Players Abroad

From the Premier League to Serie A, several promising talents emerging in Europe are eligible to represent South Africa at senior international level.

Dual nationalism has become one of the most contentious topics within international football in the modern football era, with the African diaspora in Europe resulting in talented footballers being eligible to represent more than one country.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the 10 promising talents abroad eligible for South Africa

In other cases, the heritage of a parent and even grandparent renders players eligible for switching their international allegiance whilst moving for employment opportunities often sees young kids move along towards foreign lands.

France and Belgium have benefitted immensely in recent years from this, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku (DR Congo) and Paul Pogba (Guinea) prime examples.

Both Pogba's older brothers were born in Conakry before moving over to Europe, where Paul was then born before his journey towards superstardom.

In Africa, Algeria won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with 14 players eligible to represent different countries across the globe which has led to Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria Football Federations taking similar approaches with scouting for talent able to represent their senior national teams.

While South Africa's resources abroad may not be as vast as The Elephants, who've picked up Premier League stars Willy Bolly and Sebastian Haller, 17-year-old Kgagelo Chauke of Southampton represents one of the most promising.

The box-to-box midfielder has already signed professional terms with the Saints and was registered in their 2020/21 Premier League squad as he continues to rise towards the first-team breakthrough.

Manchester City centre-back Philippe Sandler is another example, with the left-footed talent eligible for the United States, Netherlands and South Africa.

Alwande Roaldsoy, 16, who recently signed for Serie A side Atalanta has been touted as a 'wonderkid' with incredible technical ability despite being over 1.9m in height.

While he's highly regarded, Norway, led by a golden generation of Erling Haaland and Martin Odegaard are packed with talent bursting through their youth ranks, creating fierce competition for the teenager to break into the senior side.

Born to a Norwegian father and South African mother, Roaldsoy has been tipped as one of the talents that could take European football by storm in the coming years.

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