Continental football returned to our screens and our attention this week with a bang. The first batch of Champions League last 16 games produced some fine football and some dominant winners, while the Europa League returns on Thursday night with 16 last 32 ties.
Over the coming months, the battle for continental supremacy will sharpen while the imminent World Cup may inspire anyone hoping for a ticket to Brazil to up their game and make an impact in the high-profile matchups that continental competition provides.
This article profiles five African players who could well have a major influence in the continental cups—the Champions League and the Europa League—between now and the season’s end. A handful of the players considered here may also have a World Cup berth in their sights.