The pool of African players at the truly elite end of the European game appears to be diminishing.
Legendary forwards Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba are now 33 and 36, respectively, and one would assume their days of influencing the latter stages of the Champions League are behind them.
Similarly, Michael Essien and Seydou Keita are also past their prime, while, for the last two years, the two European Cup-winning teams (Bayern Munich and Real Madrid) have not featured any African players.
Will things be different this season?
In this article, Bleacher Report profiles five African players who could impress in the Champions League this season.
Comment below and let us know which other of the continent’s stars we should be keeping an eye on in Europe’s premier club competition this year.
It is important to note that while all of the players listed here are eligible to represent African nations, some currently feature (or have featured) for the youth sides of European countries.