Nigeria have always had the good fortune of being blessed with an array of attacking talent, especially going into an Africa Cup of Nations, and this edition is no exception.
As much as a good backline has always satisfied the maxim of "defence wins championships," it has been the swashbuckling forward line which has captivated the fans and shot the Super Eagles to continental glory on three occasions.
Witness: 1980 Nations Cup-winning forwards Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesmiaka, Aloysius Atuegbu...
When the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on 21 June in Egypt, all eyes will naturally be on local lad Mohamed Salah, both because he's the home favourite and because he's the best player on the continent. Obviously.
But there are plenty of other names to keep an eye on until the final on 19 July, including a number of Premier League and Europe-based stars that are coming off bright seasons for their clubs.
So who are the players most likely to star at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt?
Nottingham Forest right-back Tendayi Darikwa's long-held dream to represent Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations will come true this month, and he is hopeful of helping the team run deep into the tournament.
Nottingham-born Darikwa, who spent much of his club career at Chesterfield and Burnley before joining Forest in 2017, has a Zimbabwean father, Timothy, and a years-long ambition to wear the national team jersey.
"It has been something I wanted to do for many years. I had the opportunity a few...
Following the conclusion of the European season, attention has turned to the Africa Cup of Nations warm-up fixtures, although some of the continent's stars were still in action in other leagues around the world over the weekend.
Some of the 24 Nations Cup contenders were in action in a series of friendly fixtures as viewers were afforded a brief glimpse into their teams' preparations ahead of the June 21 kick-off.
On Friday, Ivory Coast delivered a statement of intent with a comfortable 3-1 victory...