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 By Mark Gleeson

Mamelodi Sundowns/AS Vita Club's recent history highlights CAF CL draw

The CAF Champions League's new format opens up the tournament to more clubs from less traditional footballing powers.

Idrissa Traore is a name already largely forgotten but the Malian midfielder will always have a position of some infamy in the history of the African Champions League

He will be remembered again in the coming months as holders Mamelodi Sundowns were paired on Wednesday with AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the draw for this year's new-look group phase.

Traore, nicknamed "Essien" in his native country, moved at the start of last year to Vita but both he and his new employers...

 By Mark Gleeson

Intrigue ahead of African Champions League and Confederation Cup draw

The African Champions League is much-changed this time around.

The underground auditorium at the Confederation of African Football's headquarters in the desert north of Cairo will be a lot busier than usual on Wednesday.

It is there that representatives from 32 different clubs will gather for the draws for the group stages of both this year's African Champions League and African Confederation Cup.

Football on the continent ventures into unchartered waters this year with the expansion of the group phase in both competitions from eight to 16 teams, in a move...

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...

Africans in Europe: Weekend Review

ENGLAND

The FA Cup took centre stage this weekend with Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, and Manchester City and Arsenal playing out a pair of thrilling semifinals.

Victor Moses was a lively presence down the right flank for the Pensioners as they rode out the storm against Victor Wanyama's Spurs to win 4-2, with the Nigeria wideman winning a penalty late in the first half after a reckless tackle from Son Heung-Min.

In the other semi, Yaya Toure delivered one of his finest performances of the season...

Nigeria, Ghana, and the CAF Champions League absence

Nigeria and Ghana are two of the powerhouses of African football. Between them they have seven Nations Cup titles, nine runners-up spots, an Under-20 World Cup title and an Olympic Gold.

But when the CAF Champions League group stage draw is made on April 26, neither country will have a representative in the 16-team field.

In fact, looking back in the over four decades of Africa's premier club competition, Ghana have only had three champions and Nigeria two - and those came in successive years at the...

Africans in the Champions League: Quarterfinal preview

Leicester City vs. Atletico Madrid, King Power Stadium, Tuesday 18 April

Atletico will feel confident that they have one foot in the final four after securing a 1-0 home win against the reigning Premier League champions last week, but as Leicester proved against Sevilla in the last round, they're a menacing prospect at the King Power Stadium.

However, the Foxes' momentum has died off in recent weeks after a strong start under Craig Shakespeare, and the interim coach is having to contend with an extended...