13 Nigerian Players In Europa League Know Group Stage Foes


The 13 Nigerian players who will be involved in Europa League campaign with their various clubsides in Europe now know the teams they will be facing in the group stage of the competition.


In Group A, Emmanuel Emenike of fenerbache and Bonaventure Dennis of Ukrainian side Zorya were grouped alongside English giants Manchester United and Dutch side Feyernoord.

Brown Ideye who lead the line for Olympiacos is Nigeria’s sole bearer in B, where his Greek side will slug it out with APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus, FC Astana of Kazakhstan and Young Boys of Switzerland.

Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun and his German side Mainz 05 were grouped alongside St. Etienne, FK Qabala and Belgium giants Anderlecht in group C.

Group D has two teams with Nigerian players on their books, with Fred Friday of Dutch side AZ Aalkmaar paired alongside Maccabi Tel Aviv where Nosa Igiebor plays and Dundalik with Russian football power house Zenit completing the group.

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Olarenwaju Kayode who has been a force for Austrian side Austria Wien will see his team come up against Viktoria Plzen of Czech Republic, where former Nigeria U23s forward Ubong Ekpai plays with Astra and Roma completing the teams in Group E.

Group F will see Wilfred Ndidi and Genk battle it out with Austrian side Rapid Wien, Spanish side Athletico Bilbao and and Italian Sassuolo.

In Group H, Moses Simon of Gent will go head to head with Chidi Osuchukwu of Portuguese side Braga with Konyaspor of Turkey and Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine completing the group.

John Ogu and Tony Nwakaeme will both campaign with Hapoel Beer’Sheva in group K with the likes of Inter Milan and Czech side Sparta Praha.

Aminu Umar who recently won bronze with the Nigeria U23s at the Rio Olympics will alongside his teammates at Osmanlispor take on FC Zurich, Villarreal of Spain and Steaua Bucuresti.