Nigeria Players in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League

The Champions League can’t be complete without the presence of talented African footballers. Every year we see top African players playing for their various clubs in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. There are Nigerian players in the present UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stages for 2019/20. 

The players include:

David Okereke [22], and Emmanuel Dennis [21] of Club Brugge of Belgium

David Okereke (Nig), Diatta (Senegal) and Dennis (Nig). celebrates League Trophy

Dennis Emmanuel Bonnaventure moved from FC Zorya Luhansk to his present side, Club Brugge in 2016. He has since scored 15 goals in 59 games, he was capped in the match against Ukraine and show a promising prospect for the Eagles team. Okereke is a member of the U-23 team and has four goals from six league games. David has not yet represented the Super Eagles chances are that he will be invited in the friendlies.

Tammy Abraham [21], and Fikayo Tomori [21] of Chelsea FC

Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham Celebrating

The two players have been on fire Chelsea since the beginning of the season. Abraham has scored 7 goals in his last five games in the EPL while   Tomori has one goal in two games. Abraham had earlier been approached, but he wants to play for his birth country England. Tomori, on the other hand, holds Canadian citizenship, but the path to the England national team seems hard making it easy for Nigeria. Tomori has benefited so much from the departure of David Luiz.

Locomotiv Moscow – Bryan Idowu [27]

The World Cup defender has made three league appearances for his side and was hope to add to the three appearances he made in last season’s Champions League.

Stephen Odey [21], and Paul Onuachu [25] Genk FC 

Odey has represented Nigeria in the U-23 level but has not played for the  Super Eagles. Paul Onuachu was a member of the Nigeria team in the last AFCON 2019 that won bronze in Egypt. They Have players played their opening match which they lost 6-2 to Red Bull. Onuachu has opened his scoring record already, while Odey is yet to open his.

Iyayi Atiemwen [23] GNK Dinamo Zagreb

The right-winger is at his sixth club since jetting out to Europe from Bendel Insurance in 2015. Atiemwen has scored three league goals in five appearances. The winger is yet to cap for Nigeria, his team did well to trash Atlanta 4-0 and tops the table followed Manchester City. 

Peter Olayinka [23] Slavia Prague

Peter Olayinka Celebrates first UEFA Champions League Goal

The attacker has already started his representation as he started his game with an away goal, he was the man of the match in the game much. Olayinka has played for nine clubs since he turned out for 36 Lions in Lagos in 2012. He helped his side secure an away point in the first game of the Champions League on Tuesday. Olayinka has scored two goals in six league outings but he is yet to play for his fatherland Nigeria.

Tyronne Ebuehi [23] Benfica

Ebuehi is making a return from another injury spell but was registered by Benfica for the Champions League as he hopes to snag minutes.

He has not appeared for his club in the league this season and is yet to even make the bench. Ebuehi was profiled by the Dutch FA before the NFF swayed him and has now been capped seven times. Benfica lost their first home game to Ademola Lookman’s side, RB Leipzig.

Ademola Lookman [21] RB Leipzig

The Nigerian FA has been on his case so long now, but the English FA doesn’t want to lose him to Nigeria. He won gold with England U-21 squad in 2017 FIFA World Cup. Lookman sighed a permanent deal with RB Leipzig, a decision which has taken him out of England giving Nigeria now a chance. RB Leipzig won their first game 1-2 making them group leaders.

Victor Osimhen [21] LOSC Lille

Victor Osimhen in action for LOSC Lille

The Nigerian goal machine was held down by the Ajax defenders in their first game. Osimhen who is taking Ligue 1 by storm, he has scored five goals in four league appearances. The Super Eagles are likely to make him the No.1 striker after the retirement of Odion Ighalo. The AFCON medalist scored his first National team goal against Ukraine some weeks back. 

Those are the Nigerian players we will be seeing in this year’s Champions League.