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9 Nigerian Players To Look Out For In Money Spinning UCL

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Nigerian players will be crucial for their respective clubs in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (UCL).

In the past, talented players like Finidi George, Kanu Nwankwo, John Obi Mikel have won the coveted diadem for their clubs.

Here are 10 Nigerians players that will be involved in the UCL this term:

Group A (Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge)

  1. Dennis Bonaventure: Dennis Bonaventure remains under pressure to finally showcase his goal-scoring skills on the biggest stage. He will be hoping to use the biggest club competition in the world to showcase his talents to big teams.
  2. Arnault Danjuma: In the UCL, look out for Danjuma’s trademark move: Dribbling along the right wing, cutting inside and curling a left-foot shot into the far top corner. He has been doing it since his Academy days and still defenders struggle to stop him.
  3. Henry Onyekuru: Onyekuru has been one of Galatasaray’s most-improved players this season and is equally comfortable behind the striker or in the hole. That versatility will likely make him an important part of the Galatasaray squad in the UCL. He is a tireless worker who is equally comfortable tracking back or driving forward in attack. He could be one of the relatively lesser known players to make a name for himself.
  4. Chidozie Awaziem: Awaziem is the future of the Super Eagles. The fact that Porto handed him the number 5 jersey shows their complete faith in him. He will be keen to emulate Taiye Taiwo, Celestine Babayaro, Uche Okechukwu and Taribo West who have shone in the Champions League in the past.
  5. Brian Idowu: Though not a regular at Lokomotiv, Super Eagles left back Brian Idowu will certainly be hoping to provide depth when called upon by his coaches.
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Group E (Bayern Munich, Ajax, Benfica, AEK)

  1. Tyrone Ebuehi: He might be injured at the moment, but Tyrone Ebuehi is one man that should shine for Benfica in the competition. His ability to play as number 2 or 3 makes him an option. Once he is back, he will go blazing.

Group F (Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim)

  1. Kelvin Akpoguma: The Hoffenheim lad is comfortable playing along the backline, but it’s in the centre where the defender belongs. Tall, fast and with excellent technique, Akpoguma has everything a modern footballer needs. If his development continues he has the capabilities to become one of the best centre halves in Europe.
  2. Kayode Olarenwaju: Olanrewaju Kayode has been his season blighted with injuries for Ukraine giants Shakhtar Donestsk. The motivation to face former club Manchester City will be at the back of his mind when he fully recover.
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Group G (CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid, AS Roma, Viktoria Plzen)

  1. Moses Ubong Ekpai: Following his superlative form for Zlin last season in the Czech top flight, Moses Ubong Ekpai pitched tent with Vikoria Plzen. Game time has been hard to get for the former Akwa United forward. The UCL might be a soft landing for him.

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