Thursday Aug 29, 2019. 16:00
Several African players will be in action in the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League play-off round second-leg matches on Thursday.
The 21 winners on aggregate will advance to the group stage of Europe’s secondary club football tournament.
An encounter between English club Wolverhampton Wanderers and Italian outfit Torino will headline the action.
Moroccan winger Romain Saiss will be hoping to help Wolves overcome Torino and qualify for the group stage.
Meanwhile, Turkish side Trabzonspor will look to their lethal striker Caleb Ekuban when they take on Greek giants AEK Athens.
The Ghana international has hit the back of the net four times during the qualifying campaign.
Senegalese forward Mamadou Sylla’s Belgian club Gent will be looking to secure an away victory against Croatian side Rijeka.
Scottish giants Rangers, who have Nigerian midfielder Joe Aribo on their books, will play host to Polish side Legia Warsaw.
– Magaye Gueye is a key player for Azerbaijan champions Qarabag and he will be looking to inspire his side to victory when they face Northern Irish outfit Linfield.
– Caleb Ekuban has been in good form in the Europa League and he will be keen to add to his tally when they lock horns with Trabzonspor face Athens.
– Joe Aribo has established himself as an important player in the Celtic FC midfield and he will be one of the key players when the Scottish giants face Swedish outfit AIK.
Celtic midfielder Glen Kamara, who is of Sierra Leone descent, has backed his teammate Joe Aribo ahead of their clash with AIK.
“(He can go) far, he’s definitely going very far. Premier League. In fact, anything he wants to be. I think he has a lot of attributes that probably not everyone has. He brings calmness,” Kamara told Scottish Sun.
Meanwhile, Saiss and his Wolves teammates have been lauded by the club’s head coach Nuno Espírito Santo as they prepare for their encounter with Torino.
“We are pleased, everybody has been involved in all the games and the performances have been very good, but that doesn’t mean that it’s over. The season is only starting, we still have a long way to go and a lot of things to improve on,” Santo said.