Five African Stars to watch in the UCL tonight

Five African Stars to watch in the UCL tonight
Manchester City's David Silva (left) and Riyad Mahrez during the training session

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Dec 11, 2019. 12:00 takes a look at five African stars you should be keeping an eye on in tonight’s Uefa Champions League matches.

There is still a lot to play for in the final round of group stage action this week, with eight games on Wednesday evening to finalise the last 16 of this year’s competition.

Following an exciting round of action on Tuesday which saw the likes of Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Ansu Fati find the back of the net – while both Inter and Ajax Amsterdam were demoted to the Europa League – focus now shifts to this evening’s round of fixtures.

Here follows five African players to keep an eye on:

Riyad Mahrez

The Algeria international has assisted three and scored one goal in four group stage games this season. Having started all four of the club’s first four games, he was an unused substitute last time out, but is likely to be involved from the onset tonight having played a bit part role in Manchester City’s loss to Manchester United.

Even in defeat, the winger showed his class in setting up the Citizens consolation this past weekend, and he will be eager to be involved from the onset even though City have already booked their ticket into the knockout stages, as he aims to establish himself as a first team regular.

Thomas Partey

The Ghana international has continued to establish himself as an integral member of the Atletico Madrid team this season, and heads into tonight’s round of fixtures having started all five of the club’s group stage games thus far.

Partey will have another important part to play against Lokomotiv Moscow this evening. The Spanish club need a win to be sure of a place in the knockout stages.

Mario Lemina

Galatasaray need to beat PSG in Paris this evening if they are to have any chance of booking their place in the Europa League.

Gabon international, Lemina, has slowly started to build his confidence in Turkey and will be in for a real acid test on his return to France. The former Marseille midfielder is set for an intriguing battle against Idrissa Gana Gueye in the middle of the park.

Emmanuel Dennis

Having scored twice in the reverse fixture against Real Madrid, the Nigeria international could play a key role once more as Club Brugge aim to book their Europa League ticket.

With Krepin Diatta suspended for the clash, the onus will fall on the club’s other attacking players to take the game to the Spanish giants.

Musa Barrow

Atalanta still have a slim chance of booking their place in the knockout stages, but will need to beat Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine this evening.

Gambia international, Barrow, hasn’t seen much game time this season, but could be given a chance sometime tonight as the Italian’s aim to pull off an upset.

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