Nigerians in UEFA club competitions quarter final preview

Nigerians in UEFA club competitions quarter final preview

Toyosi Afolayan
Nigerians in UEFA club competitions quarter final preview

On Friday in Nyon, Switzerland, the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League were drawn.

Some teams were given considerably easier opponents, others would have to perform an upset to reach the semi-finals of Europe's top football events.

Nigeria still has at least one representative in each of the competitions.

UEFA Champions League

Nigeria only has one player remaining in this season's UEFA Champions League: Villarreal attacker, Samuel Chukwueze.

In a match that promises to be difficult for the current Europa League champions, the Super Eagles star will meet former champions Bayern Munich.

Chukwueze and his teammates would have to dig deep against the German giants, who boast one of Europe's most lethal attacks. They would, however be motivated by their 4-1 aggregate triumph over Juventus in the Round of 16.

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They host Bayern Munich in the first leg on April 6, then travel to the Allianz Arena for the second leg six days later.

UEFA Europa League

Three Super Eagles players are competing in the Europa League, although they all play for the same club: Rangers. The Gers will face Portuguese side, SC Braga, in this season's quarterfinals.

In the previous round, Rangers defeated Red Star Belgrade, while Braga defeated Monaco.

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Rangers will travel to Portugal for the first leg on April 7th, before hosting Braga at Ibrox a week later.

UEFA Europa Conference League

Nigeria is well-represented in the Europa Conference League, Europe's third tier of continental club football.

Feyenoord's Cyriel Dessers will go head-to-head with Slavia Prague's Peter Olayinka and Yira Sor. Dessers has scored six goals and provided one assist in eight appearances for Feyenoord in the Conference League this season.

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21-year old Yira Sor has five goals and two assists in 4 games, while Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka has three goals in eight games, with both players scoring in both legs of their Round of 16 victory over LASK.

Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Ademola Lookman are expected to turn up for Leicester City when take on PSV Eindhoven in the quarterfinals.

The Foxes have had a rollercoaster season so far, but a win against the Dutch giants would be a great boost to their confidence.

Leicester will host PSV in the opening leg on April 7th, before traveling to the Netherlands for the second game a week later.

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Victor Boniface's Bodo Glimt have been paired with AS Roma in the quarter-finals after eliminating AZ Alkmaar with an aggregate score of 4-3.

In two tries, Jose Mourinho's team was unable to defeat Bodo Glimt. In reality, they hammered Roma 6-1 in the first leg of their group stage match before forcing a 2-2 draw in Rome.

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