The presence of Tottenham Hotspur in Group B of this season’s UEFA Champions League first round pools means players of Nigerian descent will compete in every single opening sector of the elite clubs’ competition, as Spurs’ midfielder, Bamidele Alli is sure to get a run out in the English Premier League outfit’s matches.
Alli has a Nigerian father, which still gives him regular links with the West African country and, although he is a full senior international with England, soccer fans in the nation of his ancestors will follow him in the UCL, alongside those who are still eligible to play for the Super Eagles.
The 100% Nigerian presence in all the groups that emerged from the draw in Monaco, France on Thursday starts from the very first pool, in which Denis Bonaventure Emmanuel and David Chidozie Okereke will star for Club Brugge of Belgium against Real Madrid of Spain, PSG of France and Galatasaray of Turkey.
Group C will see former Olympic Eagles’ invitee, Iyayi Atiemwien Believe campaign with Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia against Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, Manchester City of England and Atalanta of Italy.
Group D will offer revival opportunities for Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia defender, Bryan Idowu against Juventus of Italy, Atletico Madrid of Spain and Bayern Leverkusen of Germany, while Group E will see Paul Ebere Onuachu and Stephen Odey join Racing Genk of Belgium versus Liverpool of England, Napoli of Italy and RB Salzburg of Austria.
Group F will give the spotlight to Peter Olayinka in the colours of Slavia Prague against Barcelona of Spain, Borussia Dortmund of Germany and Inter Milan of Italy, with Group G giving opportunities to Benfica of Portugal’s Tyronne Ebuehi versus Olympique Lyon of France, Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia and Ademola Lookman’s RB Leipzig of Germany.
Group H will see rave of the moment, Victor Osimhen seek another level of his impressive breakthrough season in the French Ligue 1 extend into Europe with Lille Metropole, who will tango Ajax Amsterdam of Holland, Valencia of Spain and Chelsea of England.