African stars had mixed luck in the FA Cup semi-finals at the weekend with Ivorian Arouna Kone helping Wigan triumph while a superb goal from Senegalese Demba Ba could not prevent Chelsea going out.
Kone burst clear of several defenders to create the first goal as Wigan took time off from an English Premier League relegation struggle to defeat second-tier Millwall 2-0 and earn a first FA Cup final appearance.
Ba scored with an acrobatic half-volley for Chelsea to halve a two-goal deficit against fellow giants Manchester City, but an equaliser eluded the title-holders at a packed Wembley stadium.
Pierre Aubameyang was on target for the 18th time in Ligue 1 - and remains the second top scorer in the league - after equalising in the 65th minute for Saint Etienne. Thanks to the Gabon striker's effort his side drew 2-2 away at Rennes.
Benjamin Moukandjo fired home his third for struggling Nancy who lost 2-1 at league leaders Paris Saint-Germain. The Cameroon striker had given the visitors the lead in the 36th minute but Nancy succumbed to two goals in the second-half.
Cape Verde striker Odair Fortes gave Reims some hope of getting an equaliser with his 77th minute goal, but an 88th minute substitution paid off for Troyes who sealed the points in added time. It was the Guinea striker Mohamed Yattara's second goal for Troyes.
Nigeria winger Ahmed Musa sealed a 2:0 win for leaders CSKA Moscow over their relegation-threatened hosts Krylya Sovetov as the Russian Premier League resumed after a long winter break.
The Super Eagles star struck in the 72nd minute after Swedish team-mate Pontus Wernbloom had given CSKA a first half lead.
It was the ninth goal of the season for the 20-year-old AFCON star, who has been named in the Super Eagles' squad to tackle Kenya in this month's 2014 World Cup qualifier.
Victor Obinna Nsofor came on in the 79th minute for Lokomotiv Moscow in their 1-0 derby loss away to Dinamo Moscow.
Awudu Ibrahim thought his playing career was over when his contract was not renewed at an amateur Dutch football club seven years ago.
But soon he ended up in Bangladesh and now he is one of the star players in the Bangladeshi Premier League.
Far from his home in Accra, Ghana, Ibrahim has been enjoying playing football for Abahani in Dhaka, one of the top clubs in Bangladesh, for the last seven seasons.
"When my friend first told me about Bangladesh I was hesitant. I didn't know much about the country," Mr Ibrahim says.