Battle between Senegal teammates, Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane will headline the second Matchday of the UEFA Champions League’s group stage.
Napoli will play host to Liverpool in a Group C clash at Stadio San Paolo today, with the tussle between Koulibaly and Mane set to be a key factor in deciding the outcome.
The game is also likely to feature Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah, and Guinean midfielders Amadou Diawara and Naby Keita.
Yesterday, Algerians Ishak Belfodil and Riyad Mahrez came up against one another when Hoffenheim hosted Manchester City, while Swiss side Young Boys – who boast several African players, such as Roger Assale and Moumi Ngamaleu – played host to Italian giants, Juventus (who wwere without Cristiano Ronaldo following his controversial red card in Matchday One).
Today’s early kick-offs see Ghana striker, Richmond Boakye, leading the line for Red Star in their trip to Paris Saint-Germain, and Brian Idowu’s Lokomotiv Moscow are at home to a Schalke 04 side, which can call on Baba Rahman, Hamza Mendyl, Salif Sane, Amine Harit and Nabil Bentaleb.
Other Africans set to see action today include Nigerian Emmanuel Dennis in Club Brugge’s tough trip to face Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid; Jean Aholou will feature in midfield for Monaco as they take on Borussia Dortmund at Signal-Iduna Park; and Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama will hope to feature for Tottenham Hotspur in their high-profile clash at Wembley against Barcelona.
Kwadwo Asamoah and Keita Balde will look to guide Internazionale to a second win when they face PSV in Eindhoven, and the Porto v Galatasaray clash should see plenty of African stars on show, including the likes of Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboukabar, Henry Onyekuru and Badou N’Diaye.