Former FC Bayern Munich midfielder Gernot Rohr is in charge of Niger's pursuit of glory, but while several Bundesliga players - Chinedu Obasi, Joseph Akpala, Karim Haggui, Assani Lukimya and Mohammed Amsif to name just a few - are missing out for various reasons, four African stars have decided to swap snowy Germany for sunny South Africa. bundesliga.com takes a look at what the ambassadors from Germany's top flight bring to the table in the battle for Africa's most prestigious footballing prize.
The heartbeat of SC Freiburg's midfield, Makiadi has honed his craft in German football since the age of 14, emerging as a key figure at the Black Forest club under the tutelage of Christian Streich. Handed the captain's armband on occasion this season in the absence of Julian Schuster, Makiadi provides composed presence in the middle of the park, completing 82.7 per cent of his passes this season. The 28-year-old, capped 14 times at international level, also provides a healthy dose of tenacity evidenced his 59.2 per cent of challenges won.
Ya Konan's situation at international level is a mirror image of the level of competition he faces on the domestic front. However, the 28-year-old has proven time and again that he thrives in the face of adversity and, when given the chance, is willing to give his all for the cause. Ya Konan may have only netted twice in 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, but averaging ten kilometres per game, creating 46 chances and completing 80.1 per cent of his passes prove that the 18-time international is well worth his place alongside Didier Drogba and Co.
With 70 caps to his name, Boka is one of the more experienced heads in the Ivory Coast setup, having made his international debut in 2004. Set to feature heavily in his fourth African Cup of Nations after previously appearing for his country in the 2006, 2008 and 2012 editions, the VfB Stuttgart left-back is renowned for his marauding runs down the left, although his defensive ability has improved greatly under club coach Bruno Labbadia. The 29-year-old has won 55.6 per cent of his challenges and completed 78.2 per cent of his passes so far this term.
Bance's return to the Bundesliga with FC Augsburg may not have gone as smoothly as the former 1. FSV Mainz 05 striker might have wished, but the Burkina Faso frontman will be hoping to enjoy somewhat more success in South Africa. Without a goal to his name in only four starts so far this season, the 28-year-old nonetheless offers a useful option up front, with his powerful frame capable of unsettling even the strongest defenders. Winning 47.8 per cent of his aerial challenges in the Bundesliga is a feat in itself, but it should not be forgotten that Bance netted 24 times in 62 outings during his two-year stay at Mainz.