Ghoulam has point to prove against Barcelona

Ghoulam has point to prove against Barcelona
SSC Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam (R) attends the team's training session

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Feb 25, 2020. 13:00

The UEFA Champions League action will take centre stage on Tuesday and we take a look at an African star likely to feature.

Italian side SSC Napoli will be without Senegalese central defender Kalidou Koulibaly when they host Spanish champions FC Barcelona.

The highly-rated player, who is Napoli’s first-choice defender, will miss the Round of 16 first-leg encounter due to injury.

However, Algeria international Faouzi Ghoulam will be hoping to get a chance to prove himself against five-time Champions League winners Barcelona.

The 29-year-old player will also be looking to make his first appearance in this season’s competition as he competes with Mario Rui in the left-back position.

While Ansu Fati, who remains eligible to play for Guinea-Bissau, is expected to play for Barcelona at the iconic Stadio San Paolo.

The 17-year-old Bissau-born player was granted Spanish citizenship last September renouncing his Bissau-Guinean citizenship.

However, the left-winger is yet to play a competitive match for Spain’s senior national team.

There will be no African players in the other clash between English giants Chelsea and German champions Bayern Munich.

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