UCL 3rd Round: Ambrose, Musa, Igiebor Know Foes

UCL 3rd Round: Ambrose, Musa, Igiebor Know Foes

By James Agberebi:

The draw for the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League was held on Friday with some Nigerian players whose teams are involve getting to know their opponents, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Ahmed Musa's CSKA Moscow will host Sparta Praha in the first leg. AS Monaco with Elderson Echiejile, will travel to Switzerland to take on Young Boys, while Abduljeleel Ajagun's Panathinaikos will host Club Brugge.

In other Third Round pairings, Nosa Igiebor's Maccabi Tel Aviv or Scottish side, Hibernians, are squaring off against Plzen and  Efe Ambrose's Celtic or Stjarnan will keep a date with either Qarabak FK or Rudar Pljevlja.  

Meanwhile, other fixtures include Rapid Wien going up against Ajax, Fenerbahce and Shakhtar Donetsk slugging it out and Salzburg expected to either tackle Malmo or Zalgiris.

The winners in the Third qualifying Round will progress into the play-offs, from where they will fight for group stage spots.

Barcelona are the current champions after defeating Juventus 3-1 in the final in June. Goals from Ivan Rakitic, Luis Suarez and Neymar secured the La Liga champions their fifth title.