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Football - UEFA Champions League: All about the 55 Africans involved

La Ligue des champions reprend ses droits avec 55 Africains en lice.
Football - UEFA Champions League: All about the 55 Africans involved

The group stage of the Champions League kicks off on Tuesday 14 September. Fifty-five Africans are involved, at least until the end of the first round, in 23 of the 32 clubs in the competition. Senegal and Morocco are the most represented with seven players each. Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Liverpool (England), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Young Boys Bern (Switzerland) and Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), with four players per team, have the largest colony.

 

From the round of 16 onwards, the number could change. According to UEFA regulations, each team will then be entitled to register three new players for the remaining matches.

Average age of 24
The African players involved in the CL come from seventeen countries on the continent. Morocco and Senegal have the largest presence with seven representatives each.

The African colony consists of three goalkeepers, 16 defenders, 23 midfielders and 13 strikers. The average age is 24.

Guinea's Moriba Kouroumou, 18 (born 19 January 2003), is the youngest. Cameroon's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 32 (born 23 March 1989), is the oldest.

The Premier League is the most represented league with nine African footballers from four clubs: Manchester City (1), Liverpool (4), Manchester United (2) and Chelsea (2).

96 clashes between Africans
Five clubs have registered the highest number of players from the continent in the LDC. They are Liverpool, Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova), Young Boys Bern (Switzerland) and Red Bull Salzburg (Austria). Each has selected four players.

With 23 teams in the Champions League group stage featuring African players, there will be 96 direct encounters between the continent's footballers during the first round. The first of these will be between Young Boys Berne of Switzerland and Manchester United of England, and Sevilla of Spain and Red Bull Salzburg of Austria on Tuesday 14 September.

In Groups A and B, where all the teams have at least one African, each day of the CL will feature players from Africa. First episode: this Wednesday 15.

 

Philemon MBALE

 

AFRICANS IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (BY CLUB)

AJAX AMSTERDAM (4)

Andre Onana (Cameroon, 25, goalkeeper)

Noussair Mazraoui (Morocco, 23, defender)

Zakaria Labyad (Morocco, 28, midfielder)

Mohammed Kudus (Ghana, 21 years old, midfielder)

ATLETICO MADRID (1)

Geoffrey Edwin Kondogbia (Central African Republic, 28 years old, midfielder)

BAYERN MUNICH (1)

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon, 32 years old, forward)

BENFICA (1)

Adel Taarabt (Morocco, 31 years old, midfielder)

BESIKTAS  (2)

Mayele Fabrice N'Sakala (DR Congo, 31 years old, defender)

Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria, 29, midfielder)

CHAKHTAR DONETSK (UKRAINE) (1)

Lassina Traoré (Burkina Faso, 20 years old, striker)

CHELSEA (2)

Edouard Mendy (Senegal, 29 years old, goalkeeper)

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco, 28 years old, midfielder)

CLUB BRUGES (2)

Clinton Mukoni Mata Pedro Lourenço (Angola, 28 years old, defender)

Kamal Sowah (Ghana, 21 years old, midfielder)

FC SEVILLE (2)

Yassine Bounou (Morocco, 30 years old, goalkeeper)

Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco, 24 years old, striker)

LEIPZIG (2)

Moriba Kourouma Kourouma (Guinea, 18 years old, midfielder)

Amadou Haidara (Mali, 23 years old, midfielder)

LILLE (2)

Reinildo Mandava (Mozambique, 27 years old, defender)

Cheikh Niasse (Senegal, 21, midfielder)

LIVERPOOL (4)

Joël Matip (Cameroon, 30 years old, defender)

Naby Keïta (Guinea, 26, midfielder)

Sadio Mané (Senegal, 29, striker)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt, 29 years old, striker)

MALMÖ FC (SWEDEN) (2)

Bonke Innocent (Nigeria, 25 years old, midfielder)

Abdul Malik Abubakari (Ghana, 21 years old, striker)

MANCHESTER CITY (1)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, 30 years old, striker)

MANCHESTER UNITED (2)

Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast, 27 years old, defender)

Amad Diallo Traoré (Ivory Coast, 19 years old, striker)

MILAN AC (3)

Fodé Ballo Touré (Senegal, 24 years old, defender)

Ismaël Bennacer (Algeria, 23 years old, midfielder)

Franck Kessié (Ivory Coast, 24 years old, midfielder)

PORTO (2)

Chancel Mbemba (Congo DR, 27 years old, defender)

Nanu (Guinea-Bissau, 27, defender)

PSG (3)

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco, 22 years old, defender)

Abdou Diallo (Senegal, 25 years old, defender)

Idrissa Gana Guèye (Senegal, 31 years old, midfielder)

SALZBURG (AUSTRIA) (4)

Jérôme Junior Onguéné (Cameroon, 23 years old, defender)

Douada Guindo (Mali, 18 years old, defence)

Mamady Diambou (Mali, 18 years old, midfielder)

Mohamed Camara (Mali, 21 years old, midfielder)

 

SHERIFF TIRASPOL (MOLDOVA) (4)

Adama Traoré (Mali, 26 years old, midfielder)

Moussa Kyabou (Mali, 23, midfielder)

Edmond Addo (Ghana, 21, midfielder)

Momo Yansane (Guinea, 24, striker)

SPORTING PORTUGAL (3)

Zouhair Feddal Agharbi (Morocco, 31 years old, defender)

Geny Cipriano Catamo (Mozambique, 20 years old, midfielder)

Jovane Cabral (Cape Verde, 23 years old, striker)

VILLARREAL (3)

Aïssa Mandi (Algeria, 29 years old, defender)

Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria, 22, midfielder)

Boulaye Dia (Senegal, 24 years old, striker)

YOUNG BOYS OF BERNE (SWITZERLAND) (4)

Mohamed Ali Camara (Guinea, 24 years old, defender)

Nicolas Brice Moumi Ngamaleu (Cameroon, 27 years old, midfielder)

Meschack Elia lina (DR Congo, 24 years old, striker)

Jean-Pierre Nsame (Cameroon, 28, striker)

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