The UEFA Europa League draw held on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, has thrown up some intriguing match-ups that would involve Nigerian players.
Victor Osimhen’s Napoli, Victor Moses’ Spartak Moscow and Wilfred Ndidi’s Leicester City have been drawn in Group C of the UEFA Europa League.
In Group A, Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo’s Rangers will battle Lyon alongside Sparta Prague and Brondby for a chance to advance in the tournament.
Rangers advanced to the group stage, thanks to a 1-0 win in the first-leg of their play-off clash against Alashkert, before a goalless draw in the return fixture on Thursday.
After helping Olympiacos avoid defeat in Armenia on Thursday night with his maiden goal for the Greek club, Henry Onyekuru’s new team are paired with Bright Osayi-Samuel’s Fenerbahce in Group D, with Royal Antwerp and Eintracht Frankfurt completing the pairing.
Finally, Paul Onuachu’s and Cyriel Dessers’ Genk were pooled alongside Said West Ham United, Rapid Wien and Dinamo Zagreb in Group H.
After spending the last two weeks on the sidelines due to an injury, Moses returned to action in Thursday’s Premier League match as Spartak Moscow suffered a 2-1 loss to Sochi.
Moses played a role in the People’s Team’s qualification for the secondary European competition, with his contribution of four goals and two assists which helped them finish second in the Russian Premier League last season.
The 30-year-old’s stay was made permanent earlier this summer as he penned a two-year deal which ended his nine-year stint at Chelsea.