The biennial continental tournament begins on January 9th, and GOAL takes a look at the South African stars who will compete.
Although Bafana Bafana will not be competing in the Africa Cup of Nations, 15 Premier Soccer League players will be in Cameroon.
Eight players came from the Premier League, while seven came from the National First Division.
Zimbabwe's omissions of Pirates forward Terrence Dzvukamanja and Golden Arrows counterpart Knox Mutizwa are noticeable.
With five players each, Zimbabwe and Malawi have the most at the tournament, but the former were unable to persuade Kaizer Chiefs star Khama Billiat to return from retirement, while Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofori was unable to recover in time to join the Ghana side.
Gambia coach Tom Saintfiet did not pick AmaZulu midfielder Matarr Ceesay.
Five PSL goalkeepers will be in Cameroon, which is unusual.
October 2021, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Zimbabwe
Talbert Shumba (Free State Stars/NFD), Ishmael Wadi (JDR Stars/NFD), Kudakwashe Mahachi, Onismor Bhasera (both SuperSport United/Premiership), Gerald Takwara (Venda Football Academy/NFD), Kudakwashe Mahachi (both SuperSport United/Premiership), Gerald Takwara (Venda Football Academy/NFD)
Since their initial participation at the Afcon in 2004, PSL players have dominated the Zimbabwean squad, and this trend continues.
Temptation Chiwunga, a JDR Stars midfielder, did not travel to Cameroon but is one of three players on standby.
Malawi's Gabadinho Mhango and the Orlando Pirates.
Malawi Football Association.
Richard Mbuli (Baroka/Premiership), Frank Mhango (Orlando Pirates/Premiership), Dennis Chembezi (Polokwane City/NFD), Limbikani Mzava (AmaZulu/Premiership), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane City/NFD), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane City/NFD), Khuda Muyaba (Polokwane City/NF
Mhango leads the Flames' roster, and he'll be eager to put his Pirates woes behind him and excel in national team colors.
Malawi will be competing in the Afcon for the third time, and all of the players in their team will be making their Afcon debuts.
Nigerian Daniel Akpeyi
Daniel Akpeyi (Premiership), Olisa Ndah (Premiership), Daniel Akpeyi (Premiership), Daniel Akpeyi (Premiership), Daniel Akpeyi (Premiership), Daniel Akpeyi (Premiership), Daniel Akpeyi (Premiership),
It will be Ndah's first Afcon, and Chiefs goalkeeper Akpeyi will compete for the number one slot against Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho, and John Noble, all of whom are based in the Netherlands.
Ivory Coast's Badra Ali Sangare, Free State StarsBackpagepix
JDR Stars/NFD Badra Ali Sangare
Sangare will participate in his fourth Afcon final, yet he has never played a single minute at the event, always serving as a backup goalie.
Sangare has a good chance of playing this time around, as long-time number one Sylvain Gbohouo is presently serving a drug suspension.
Amonome, Jean-Noel (AmaZulu/Premiership) Jean-Noel Amonome (AmaZulu/Premiership) Jean-Noel Am
The 24-year-old goalie is another PSL goalkeeper in the Afcon.
Amonome has not played for Usuthu this season, although he has appeared in Gabon's previous three Fifa World Cup qualification games for 2022.
Modou JobeP/Modou Jobe Gambia of the El Kanemi Warriors
Modou Jobe (NFD/Black Leopards) Modou Jobe (NFD/Black Leopards) Modou Jobe (NFD
Despite making only seven appearances for Black Leopards this season and surrendering nine goals in those appearances, Jobe has earned Saintfiet's trust.
In the seven games he has played for Leopards, the 33-year-old has only kept one clean sheet.
Since 2014, he has been a member of Gabon's national squad.
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