Champions League: African Players to Watch This Weekend

The 2016–17 UEFA Champions League is the 62nd season of Europe’s premier club football tournament. The winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League will qualify as the UEFA representative at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and also earn the right to play against the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League in the 2017 UEFA Super Cup.

Here are 6 African players to watch this weekend from Juventus, Crotone, FC Lorientin Ligue 1, Leicester City, Aresnal, and Man City.


via bleacherreport

Kwadwo Asamoah:

Ghanaian midfielder plays for Italian club Juventus and the Ghana national football team. Asamoah was awarded CAF Most Promising African Player in 2010 and named Ghana Player of the Year twice consecutively for 2012 and 2013.  In 2013, Asamoah was ranked as the 27th best footballer in the world by Bloomberg.

A dynamic, hardworking, energetic, versatile and tactically intelligent player, Asamoah is primarily known for his pace, strength, stamina, and his outstanding technical characteristics, as well as his ability to read the game; although he primarily serves as a ball-winner, these attributes allow him to be effective both offensively and defensively, and enable him to play in several positions along the pitch in defence or midfield.

Simy Nwankwo:

Star Nigerian 25-year-old forward for Italian club Crotone, Simy netted a late equalizer against Torino and an 80th-minute winner against Sampdoria as the previously doomed Pythagoreans breathed life into their fight against relegation.

Benjamin Moukandjo:

Cameroonian forward plays for FC Lorientin Ligue 1 and inspired a late-season revival for Lorient with five goals in five games.

Moukandjo gives fans something they’ve been craving for some time. He’s got real pace and is most comfortable running in behind and stretching defenses. He can do that either as out and out forward or drifting in from the wings.

Named 2017 African Cup of Nations Man of the Match in the final as Cameroon won the Africa Cup of Nations for the fifth time.

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Daniel Amartey:

Ghanaian defender and midfielder plays for Leicester City and the Ghana national football team.  He played six times at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, lasting 90 minutes in every match to help Ghana finish fourth in the tournament. His performances saw him named in the CAF Team of the tournament.

via CFRmagazine

Alex Iwobi & Kelechi Iheanacho:

Iwobi broke into the Arsenal first team towards the end of last season and has established himself as a regular under Arsene Wenger this term. He was featured for the first time since the start of April during a substitute appearance against Sunderland. In a commanding 2-0 home victory over the already-relegated Black Cats, Iwobi added fresh attacking impetus and it was no coincidence that soon after the youngster’s arrival, Arsenal broke the deadlock and scored a quick-fire double.

His Nigeria team-mate Iheanacho also earned his senior debut at Manchester City last year, but has fallen down the pecking order since Pep Guardiola took charge. After an encouraging debut season that saw him score 14 goals in 35 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini, the overwhelming expectation was that a linkup with the incoming Pep Guardiola would raise his game to the next level, turning him from talented youngster to bona fide first team player at City, but has fallen down the pecking order since Pep Guardiola took charge. Kelechi Iheanacho’s proposed summer move away from Manchester City to get more playing time could be stalled, at least until a dispute with his former representatives is sorted out, a source close to the case says.

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