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Europa League Review: See How Nigerian Stars Performed In Europa League Qualifiers

It was a back to back actions in European organized competition's as teams from top European league sweat it out in a Play-Off series to determine who will join the exempted teams in the Champions and Europa leagues respectively.

Amidst these actions, Nigerian stars and Nigerian descent players were actively involved for their sides and shone like million stars giving their teams edge heading into the second fixture with their Goals and Assist.

This forms the basics of this content as we take a review of how the stars performed with their various clubs.

1. Shehu Abdullahi (Omonia, Cyprus)

Nigeria Super Eagles utility player, Shehu who has been ever present for his Cyprus side had their hopes of campaigning in the 2021/2022 Europa league dashed as they were dumped out of the qualification series by Belgian side, Royal Antwerp.

After a had fought win in a six goals thriller in Cyprus, Shehu and his side were condemned to a heavy defeat (3-0) in Belgium giving the Belgian side an edge to progress on away goal rule with a (5-4) goal aggregate.

2. IYAYI Atiemwen (Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus)The left winger alongside his fellow Compatriot, Shehu Abdullahi, had their hopes of campaigning in the Europa league dashed as they were condemned to an astonishing (3-0) giving the Belgian side an edge to progress on goal aggregate.

3. Tosin Kehinde (Randers, Denmark)

The little known Nigerian featured for 83mins for his Danish side as they were handed a (2-1) defeat against Turkish giants, Galatasaray.

After a (1-1) first fixture stalemate, the Turkish side advanced to the tournament group stage as they claimed maximum win in the reverse fixture.

4. Ubong Ekpai x Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)

The Uyo born striker goal wasn't enough to advance his side to the Europa league group stage as they were dumped out of the competition by Polish side, Legia Warsaw. Haven played out a (2-2) in the first fixture in Prague, the Polish side thus progressed ahead the Czech side on a (4-3) aggregate.

5. Henry Onyekuru (Olympiacos, Greece)

The skillful Super Eagles winger was on song in his side reverse fixture win as they dumped off Slovenian side Slovan Bratislava from progressing to the competition group stage.

Onyekuru's 54mins goal helped brightened his side chance as they later advanced on a (2-5) aggregate.

6 Rabiu Ali x Henty Ezekiel (Slovan Bratislava)

The duo compatriot featured for the Slovan giants as the were thumbed off by Henry Onyekuru, Olympiacos. Henty Ezekiel goal wasn't enough to propel his side to the competition group stage.

7.Joe Aribo (Rangers, Scotland)

The Super Eagles sensational midfield maestro was actively involved as his Scottish side, Rangers, held Alashkert to a barren draw in the reverse fixture.

The Scottish side first leg slim win was enough to propel the team to the competition group stage.

8. TAIWO AWONIYI (Union Berlin, Germany)

The Nigeria former U17 striker fired blank as his German side, Union Berlin, were held to a barren draw by Finnish side, Kups.

Regardless the barren draw, the German side progressed ahead of the Finnish side following it's first leg resounding victory away to Kups.

9.Aniekpeno Udo x Uzochukwu Humphrey (Kups, Finland)

Udo and his Finnish side worked off their strength to hold high flying German side, Union Berlin, to a barren draw but werent enough to progress the team following it's heavy home defeat in the first fixture in Finland.

10. Yusuf Lawal (Neftci Baku, Azerbaijan)

The first leg brace scorer, Yusuf Lawal and his Azerbaijan side, Neftci Baku, were dumped out of the competition as they were thrashed (4-0) by Israeli giants, Maccaiba Haifa.

11. Akinkunmi Amoo (Hammarby, Sweden)

The petit winger and his Swedish side put up a five star performance as they welcomed Swiss side, Basel, in the reverse fixture.

The highly explosive game was decided by penalties after a (4-5) aggregate which saw the Swiss side advance to the competition next stage at the detriment of hard fighting Hammarby.

12. Anthony Nwakeme (Trabzonpor, Turkey)

The Nigeria international fired blank as his Turkish side were handed a back to back defeat by Coach Jose Mourinho tutored, As Roma side.

13. Yunusa Owolabi Muritala (Riga FC, Latvia)

Muritalac couldn't do much for his Latvian side as his ffort couldn't help progress his side as they were dumped off of the competition with extra time result.

14.Anderson Esiti (Poak, Greece)

The former Super Eagles invitee featured for his Grecce based outfit as they miraculously booked a place in the competition group stage. The Greek side stunned it's Crotian opponents as they recorded a massive away win to propel the team advancement.

15. James Leke x Azubuike Okechukwu x Kayode (Sivasspor, Turkey)

The trio of Nigerian born footballers were condemned to a heart wrenching back to back defeat in the hands of Danish giants, FC Copenhagen.

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