Friday Sep 13, 2019. 12:00
Several players will be looking to play a key role for their teams in the CAF Champions League first-round first-leg matches.
African Football takes a look at the 10 players, who could influence the outcome of their matches this weekend.
Karim Aribi – Etoile du Sahel
The towering striker is the current top goalscorer in the tournament having netted five goals and he will be looking to help the Tunisian giants overcome Ghana’s Asante Kotoko in Kumasi on Sunday.
Hlompho Kekana – Mamelodi Sundowns
The inspirational captain led the team to their 2016 Champions League triumph and he will be hoping to play a key role for the South African champions against Seychelles’ Cote d’Or in Victoria on Saturday.
Mouhcine Moutouali – Raja Casablanca
The experienced midfielder netted twice for his side in the preliminary round and he will eager to continue his scoring form when the Moroccan giants take on Libyan side Al Nasr in Egypt on Sunday.
Mostafa Mohamed – Zamalek
The prolific striker is amongst the top goalscorers in the tournament with three goals and he will be keen to play an important role in helping the Egyptian giants overcome Senegal’s Generation Foot in Thies on Saturday.
Mabululu – C.D Primeira de Agosto
The well-travelled striker has two goals to his name in the tournament and he has the ability to inspire the Angolan champions to victory over Zambian side Green Eagles in Lusaka on Saturday.
Nicholas Kipkirui – Gor Mahia
The 23-year-old striker is oozing with confidence having netted twice in the preliminary round and he will be one of the Kenyan champions’ dangermen when they face Algerian side USM Alger in Blida on Sunday.
Abdoulaye Gaye – FC Nouadhibou
The midfielder scored the team’s crucial goal in the preliminary round and he will be eager to find the back of the net when the Mauritanian side takes on Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca in Nouakchott on Sunday.
Taha Yassine Khenissi – Esperance de Tunis
The lethal striker is one of the most feared strikers on the continent and the Tunisian champions will look to him when they lock horns with Gabonese side Elect Sport in N’Djamena on Sunday.
Ocansey Mandela – Horoya
The Horoya captain has established himself as a dangerous attacker for the Guinean champions and he will be hoping to lead his side to victory when they face Algerian outfit JS Kabylie in Tizi Ouzou on Saturday.
Reuben Bala – Enyimba
The midfield maestro scored twice in the preliminary round for the Nigerian champions and he will be one of the key players when they square off with Sudan’s Al Hilal in Aba on Sunday.