EUROPA LEAGUE WRAP – Nigerian Players Know Foes, Moses Simon Heads To Spurs, Aminu Umar Battle Ideye, Ogu, Nwakaeme…


The draws for the first knock out stage of the Europa League has been concluded with as many as 10 Nigerian players expected to take part, when action resumes.


Wilfred Ndidi who is most likely to depart Belgian side Genk in January might not be around when they travel to Romania to face Astra Giurgiu, however the Nigerian trio of Rabiu Ibrahim, Anderson Esiti, Moses Simon and possibly William Troost Ekong are expected to be in the
Team when Gent take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Ex Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Emenike who is on a self imposed exile from the team will be hoping to recapture his early season form, when Fenerbahce take on Russian side FK Krasnodar.

Fred Friday who has been having an indifferent time at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar will be hoping he return back to the form that made them splash big on him to sign him from Lillestroem of Norway, when they travel to France to face Olympique Lyon.

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High flying Israeli side Hapoel Beer Sheva, who did the double over Italian giants Inter-Milan during the group stage with their Nigerian duo of John Ogu and Anthony Nwakaeme playing vital roles, will be hoping the duo sustained their form when they take on Turkish side Besiktas.

Meanwhile as many as three Nigerians are expected to be in action when Olympiakos with Super Eagles forward Brown Ideye expected to lead the line take on Osmanlispor of Turkey, where Aminu Umar and Raheem Lawal currently earn their pay.