Wednesday Oct 30, 2019. 12:00
AfricanFootball.com takes a look at FIVE African players to keep an eye on this evening, as club action resumes across the European continent.
The marquee clash, from an African perspective, will take place at Anfield where Liverpool will host Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, while there will be also notable league fixtures in Belgium, Italy and Spain.
The Tanzania captain has struggled for goals by his lofty standards as of late and hasn’t found the back of the net in league football since late August. This, though, is no reflection on his true quality, but nevertheless, he will be eager to break his duck when Genk take on Antwerp in the Belgium Pro League this evening.
In contrast, fellow African and Democratic Republic of Congo hitman Dieumerci Mbokani has been scoring for fun this season and currently leads the scoring charts in Belgium.
When he is not scoring goals, he is assisting goals – usually for Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah – as he continues to underline his credentials as one of the best players in world football on current form.
Mane has taken a particular liking to the Gunners over recent seasons and tonight’s fixture will see several of the continent’s star players in action with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe lining up on the side of the visitors.
The Nigeria international played a short cameo in Leganes first win of the Spanish LaLiga season this past weekend.
Having emerged off the bench as an injury replacement, it is likely that he will start tonight’s league fixture away to Real Madrid. Los Blancos will be overriding favourites to grab all three points, but the visitors will take courage from Mallorca’s performance against the Spanish giants last month.
The Zimbabwe international has quickly established himself as a first team regular at Villa Park, starting each of the club’s last six league games.
While Villa might choose to rest him for tonight’s Carabao Cup fixture, Nakamba will undoubtedly be eager to play some part as the club host Premier League rivals Wolves.
On the back of an eye-catching performance against Brescia, Kouame will be eager to replicate that sort of form away to Juventus as Genoa prep for their toughest test of the season thus far.
The Ivory Coast international has already scored four goals this season, but will definitely cherish a goal away to the Serie A champions most, if he he able to get on the scoresheet in Turin later this evening.