Afrique football 2021/2022 UEFA Champions League : Africa players are spotligted in the Europe elite club competition.

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A total of 61 African players are in the competition this season as Chelsea aim to retain the title.

A break down of Africa players in their country see Morocco with the highest numbers of players for the competition. The Maghrebian country boost of nine players which includes;  Achraf Hakimi (Paris SG), Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea), Youssef En-Nesyri (FC Seville), Yassine Bounou GK (FC Seville), Munir El-Haddadi (FC Seville), the Moroccan national selection ambassadors participate in the hunt of the prestigeous trophy.

With their young generation of players in full ascenension, Mali will see 8 of their representatives seeking to lift the cup to the big ears. Red Bull Salzburg parades four Malian players in their squad they are;Daouda Guindo, Sékou Koïta, Mamady Diambou, Mohamed Camara. Although they are not in the leading clubs, Adama Traoré and Moussa Kyabou, both from Sheriff Tiraspol, still have the opportunity to shine.

Senegal who are Africa best team in FIFA ranking have with players at the highest level. Seven Senegalese are playing the Champions League this season. Apart from Edouard Mendy, who won the European Championship last season with Chelsea, the performances of Gana Gueye (Paris SG), Sadio Mané (Liverpool) and Boulaye Dia (Villarreal) will be scrutinized.

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Ismaël Bennacer (Milan AC), Rachid Ghezzal (Besiktas), Aïssa Mandi (Villarreal) are the 4 Algerians in the challenge.

England aims at keeping the title

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The Blues will be able to count on their last stronghold, the Senegalese Edouard Mendy. But failing to that, other English teams will be on the lookout. Crowned in 2019, Liverpool has among their main potentials the Cameroonian Joël Matip, the Senegalese Sadio Mané and the Egyptian Mohammed Salah who continue to make history of the Reds. In an ambitious Manchester City squad, Algerian Riyadh Mahrez is fighting to shine this season and push for the final title. But next to them, the rivals United who have strengthened their team this season with the arrival of the big Cristiano Ronaldo will also be able to count on their Africans to go far.  Even if they play second roles at the start of the season, Tunisian Hannibal Mejbri as well as Ivorian Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo can be useful in the race.

List of African Champions League players

Morocco (9):

Achraf Hakimi (PSG), Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax), Zakaria Labyad (Ajax), Zouhair Feddal (Sporting CP), Adel Taarabt (Benfica), Yassine Bounou GK (FC Seville), Munir El-Haddadi (FC Séville), Youssef En-Nesyri (FC Seville), Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea)

Mali (8):

Amadou Haïdara (Red Bull Leipzig), Adama Traoré (Sheriff Tiraspol), Moussa Kyabou (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daouda Guindo (Red Bull Salzbourg), Sékou Koïta (Red Bull Salzbourg), Mamady Diambou (Red Bull Salzbourg), Mohamed Camar (Red Bull Salzbourg), Ismaël Diawara GK (Malmö FF)

Senegal (7):

Abdou Diallo (PSG), Idrissa Gana Gueye (PSG), Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Fodé Ballo-Touré (Milan AC), Boulaye Dia (Villarreal), Jackson Nicolas (Villarreal), Edouard Mendy GK (Chelsea)

Cameroon (7):

Joël Matip (Liverpool), André Onana GK (Ajax), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Bayern), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys), Ryan Fosso (Young Boys), Jean-Pierre Nsamé (Young Boys), Jérôme Onguéné (Red Bull Salzbourg)

Algeria (4):

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Ismaël Bennacer (Milan AC), Rachid Ghezzal (Besiktas), Aïssa Mandi (Villarreal)

Ghana (4):

Kamal Sowah (FC Bruges), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Edmund Addo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Malik Abubakari (Malmö FF)

Ivory Coast (4):

Franck Kessié (Milan AC), Sébastien Haller (Ajax), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Amad Diallo (Manchester United)

Guinea (3):

Naby Keïta (Liverpool), Mohamed Ali Camara (Young Boys), Momo Yansane (Sheriff Tiraspol)

DR Congo (3):

Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto), Fabrice Nsakala (Besiktas), Meschack Elia (Young Boys)

Nigeria (3):

Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto), Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal), Bonke Innocent (Malmö FF)

Mozambique (2):

Geny Catamo (Sporting CP), Reinildo Mandava (Lille)

Cape Verde (2):

Nanu (FC Porto), Jovane Cabral (Sporting CP)

Egypt (1):

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Tunisia (1):

Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United)

Burkina Faso (1):

Lassina Traoré (Shakhtar Donetsk)

CR of Africa (1):

Geoffrey Kondogbia (Atletico)

Angola (1):

Clinton Mata (FC Brugge)

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