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CAF CL: Five star men of the group stage



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CAF Champions League: Five star men of the group stage

We're four games into the extended CAF Champions League group stage, with Africa's finest sides competing for a spot in the knockout stages.

The four pools have firmly taken shape, although with two matches to play, none of the field have confirmed their spot in the quarterfinals, and only Cameroon giants Coton Sports are already eliminated after losing all of their fixtures so far.

In light of the midweek fixtures, KweséESPN profiles five of the competition's stand-out players so far.


Chelsea wonderkid Jeremie Boga commits to Ivory Coast

The Ivorian Football Federation have confirmed that Chelsea starlet Jeremie Boga and FC Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin have committed their international futures to the Elephants.

New coach Marc Wilmots is overseeing something of a recruitment drive since being appointed on March 21 as a replacement for Michel Dussuyer following the West Africans' miserable Nations Cup campaign.

Despite being tipped among the favourites for the continental showpiece in Gabon, the reigning champions fell at...

Ranking Chelsea's Greatest African Premier League winners

As Chelsea and Victor Moses edge closer to the Premier League, Kwesé ESPN profile the top five African talents who have already clinched the title with the Londoners.

5. Salomon Kalou: While typically limited to a substitute role at Stamford Bridge, Kalou excelled during a trophy-laden six seasons with the Pensioners and is fondly remembered for his decisive contributions under a succession of coaches.

He was part of the Champions League-winning side of 2012 -- starting the final on the right flank...


Didier Drogba: 'This is the beginning of an amazing journey' for Phoenix Rising

Didier Drogba attended his first Phoenix Rising FC match on Sunday and was officially introduced to the fans after joining the club as a player-executive.

Drogba, 39, has taken on the joint roles of player, owner and club ambassador as the second-division side bid to join Major League Soccer.

The Chelsea legend signed on for two years and will eventually take the field as a player for the club.

"Together, Phoenix is going to be in the MLS," he said in an address to the crowd at half-time of Phoenix...

Pochettino made Victor Wanyama, but McDonald Mariga helped shape him

Victor Wanyama is the most important person in Kenyan football but the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is not the trailblazer for his country -- or even his family. That would be Wanyama's older brother McDonald Mariga -- the first Kenyan to play in Italy, Spain and the Champions League. He won the competition with Inter Milan in 2010 before Wanyama had even played in it.

Now, the 30-year-old Mariga is rock-bottom of Italy's Serie B with Latina, who have not paid him since November, while Wanyama is...