57 Africans set to conquer Europe!
Ivoirians Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, current champions with Chelsea
To mark the occasion, MTNFootball.com presents the list of 57 African players currently excelling in Europe who have made selection for the competition, and who hope to follow in the footsteps of Ivoirians Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou and Nigerian John Obi Mikel, winners of the previous edition in the Blues’ jersey.
Nigeria boasts the most representatives with eleven players, followed by Cameroon (eight) and Ghana (six).
As for the participating clubs, Ligue 1 outfits Lille and Montpellier have called up the most African players (five), while Dinamo Zagreb, Zénith Saint-Petersbourg, Borussia Dortmund, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bate Borisov, Bayern Munich, Benfica and Manchester United do not have a single player amongst their ranks.
Take a look:
Taye Taiwo (Nigeria, defender), Lukman Haruna (Nigeria, midfielder), Ayila Yussuf (Nigeria, midfielder), Ideye Brown (Nigeria, striker)
Kadu (Angola, goalkeeper), Abdoulaye Ba (Senegal, defender), Christian Atsu (Ghana, striker)
Mohamed Sissoko (Mali, midfielder)
Joël Matip (Cameroon, defender), Chinedu Obasi (Nigeria, striker)
Henri Bedimo (Cameroon, defender), Younès Belhanda (Morocco, midfielder), Jamel Saihi (Tunisia, midfielder), John Utaka (Nigeria, striker), Souleymane Camara (Senegal, striker)
Gervinho (Côte d’Ivoire, striker), Marouane Chamakh (Morocco, striker)
Drissa Diakité (Mali, midfielder), Djamel Abdoun (Algeria, midfielder), Rafik Djebbour (Algeria, striker)
Cheikhou Kouyaté (Senegal, defender), Bedi Mbenza (DR Congo, midfielder), Dieudonné Mbokani (DR Congo, striker)
Carlos Kameni (Cameroon, goalkeeper), Fabrice (Cameroon, striker)
Djamel Mesbah (Algeria, defender), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana, midfielder), Kévin Constant (Guinea-Bissau, midfielder)
Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire, midfielder)
Eyong Enoh (Cameroon, midfielder), Thulani Serero (South Africa, midfielder)
Michael Essien (Ghana, midfielder)
Kwadwo Asamoah (Ghana, midfielder)
Kamal Issah (Ghana, midfielder)
Aziz Deen-Conteh (Sierra Leone, defender), Daniel Pappoe (Ghana, defender), John Obi Mikel (Nigeria, midfielder), Victor Moses (Nigeria, striker)
Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria, midfielder)
Barel Mouko (DR Congo, goalkeeper), Aurélien Chedjou (Cameroon, defender), Idrissa Gueye (Senegal, midfielder), Salomon Kalou (Côte d’Ivoire, striker), Ryan Mendes (Cape Verde, striker)
Alexandre Song (Cameroon, midfielder)
Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria, striker)
Efe Ambrose (Nigeria, defender), Victor Wanyama (Kenya, midfielder), Lassad Nouioui (Tunisia, striker)
Modou Sougou (Senegal, striker)
Dany Nounkeu (Cameroon, defender), Emmanuel Eboué (Côte d’Ivoire, defender), Nordin Amrabat (Morocco, midfielder)
Elderson (Nigeria, defender), Djamal (Libya, midfielder), Eder (Guinea, striker), Zé Luis (Cape Verde, striker)