New stars waiting to shine in Africa

Thulani Serero of South Africa (Getty Images)
Thulani Serero of South Africa (Getty Images)

The 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations comes just one year after the last finals because of a switch in the future dates and it means there is a familiar look about many of the players chosen to compete in the tournament in South Africa. But, as is always the case, there will be some new stars to look out for, and this edition promises to unveil potential new heroes for fanatical African fans to enthuse over. profiles the new young stars to look out for at the CAN.

Christian Atsu (Ghana)
Ghana have produced more than their fair share of teenage prodigies in recent times and the 20-year-old from Porto is the latest off their fabled production line. The winger is already a sensation in Portugal where comparisons are being made with Lionel Messi, perhaps a little prematurely, but flattering nevertheless. He enjoys the left side of the attack and could be the man to watch out for replacing Andre Ayew and possibly cementing a starting line-up berth for the Black Stars. Originally from Kasoa in southern Ghana, he was picked up early by Porto, who have nurtured him through their youth ranks and on loan to Rio Ave last season.



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