UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals: 5 Top African Stars Still in Contention After Round of 16

UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals: 5 Top African Stars Still in Contention After Round of 16

Raphael Abiola
updated at March 14, 2024 at 6:55 AM
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  • The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 has wrapped up
  • Eight teams have booked a place in the competition's quarter-finals
  • Sports Brief looks at five top African players still in the tournament

The UEFA Champions League is now in the quarter-final stage after the completion of the Round of 16 games on Wednesday.

Eight teams booked their place in the next round, with the same number eliminated from the European elite competition.

While many top African football stars have seen their teams exit the UCL, quite a few and their sides remain in contention.

A number of top African stars will join their teams in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after the Round of 16 wrapped up.
A number of top African stars will join their teams in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after the Round of 16 wrapped up. Photo: Kristian Skeie.
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With the second round of games in the last 16 stage completed, Sports Brief highlights the African players whose clubs qualified for the quarter-finals.

African players left in the UCL

1. Thomas Partey

Partey has been relegated to the bench at Arsenal, with the Ghanaian international's situation coming as a result of constant injuries earlier this season.

The former Atletico Madrid midfielder is back on the team and has been available for Mikel Arteta's selection in the last eight.

2. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

The Cameroonian and Bayern Munich striker would be hoping to win the competition this season after missing out during his time with Paris Saint-Germain in the 2019/20 season.

3. Noussair Mazraoui

The Moroccan defender is an essential member of Tuchel's Bayern Munich team and could be vital to helping the Bavarians secure a passage to the semi-finals.

4. Sebastien Haller

The Ivorian striker has not featured much for Borussia Dortmund this season but hopes to return before next month when the Bundesliga giants will face their opponent in the UCL quarter-finals.

5. Achraf Hakimi

The Moroccan international is rated as one of the best full-backs in the world and was an important figure in PSG's qualification to the last eight of the competition.

The draw for the Champions League quarter-final stage is scheduled for Friday, March 15, per GOAL.

Who is in the Champions League quarter-finals?

Earlier, Sports Brief looked at the teams in the Champions League quarter-finals this season, with some major names having fallen out.

With the last eight now set, European giants like Arsenal and Barcelona are among the clubs aiming for a spot in the semi-final round.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.