Tuesday Aug 20, 2019. 16:00
The 2019/20 Uefa Champions League playoffs kick-off this week with the first-legs to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evening respectively this week.
Six places are up for grabs with the six winners of the two-legged matches to qualify for the group stages of this season’s competition.
Several Africans will be involved in the action across Europe, but Bafana Bafana forward Percy Tau will have to watch the first-leg of Club Brugge’s clash against Austria’s LASK from the comfort of his home in Belgium.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns striker is suspended for the first-leg after seeing red in the club’s second-leg clash against Dynamo Kiev last week.
Brugge boast several Africans in their line-up and while Tau has been the name on everyone’s lips of late, teammate and Nigeria forward David Okerke has been very impressive, while Senegal international Krépin Diatta is set for a big season after catching the eye at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Red Star Belgrade’s Richmond Boakye is Africa’s top scorer in the qualifiers, having netted three goals thus far and he will be hoping to add to his tally when the Serbian giants face Young Boys in Bern.
Despite reaching the semifinals of the 2018/19 Uefa Champions League, Ajax Amsterdam have also had to go through the qualifying stage and the Dutch champions face Cyprian club APOEL over two legs.
Ajax boast several African players including Cameroon international David Onana and Moroccan duo Noussair Mazraoui and Hakim Ziyech who has established himself as one of the best midfielder’s from the African continent.
Full List of Fixtures:
Dinamo Zagreb vs Rosenborg
CFR Cluj vs Slavia Prague
Young Boys vs Red Star Belgrade
APOEL vs Ajax Amsterdam
LASK vs Club Brugge
Olympiacos vs Krasnodar