Five Nigerian players are set to feature in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage following the draw which held in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, October 1, 2020
The prestigious European competition will feature former and current Super Eagles stars Odion Ighalo (Manchester United); Frank Onyeka (Midtjylland); Azubuike Okechukwu (Istanbul Basaksehir); David Okereke and Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge) who
are all set to compete in the group stages which will kick off on Tuesday, October 20.
Of the five Nigerian stars, only Ighalo will be looking to make his Champions League debut before the expiration of his loan deal at Manchester United in January next year.
Dennis has five goals in 15 UCL appearances for Club Brugge while his striking partner, Okereke has made eight appearances without any goal for the Belgian side who are in Group F alongside Zenit St Petersburg, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio.
Onyeka has one goal in six UCL appearances for Midtjylland who are in Group D alongside Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, while his midfield compatriot, Okechukwu has made two UCL appearances for Basakeserhir.
Interestingly too, Ighalo will face Okechukwu who will be looking to be fit ahead of the clash between United and Basaksehir in Group H that also have Paris St-Germain and RB Leipzig.
It will be recalled that Dennis scored a brace against Real Madrid in the competition’s group stage last season.
By Sulaiman Alao