Pepe, Ighalo and African stars to watch in Europa League

Pepe, Ighalo and African stars to watch in Europa League
Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe during a training session

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Feb 27, 2020. 13:00

African stars will be looking to help their clubs reach the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 on Thursday night.

Moroccan playmaker Hakim Ziyech will keen to help Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam overturn a 2-0 deficit against Spanish side Getafe.

His countryman Romain Saiss is expected to start for English outfit Wolverhampton Wanderers when they host Spanish side Espanyol.

Nigerian marksman Odion Ighalo and Ivorian defender Eric Bailly will be hoping to feature for English giants Manchester United against Belgian outfit Club Brugge.

Bailly was an unused substitute in the first-leg clash as the two teams drew 1-1, while Ighalo made an appearance from the bench.

Ighalo’s compatriot Victor Moses will be eager to help former Italian champions Inter Milan secure a victory over Bulgarian giants Ludogorets.

While Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are expected to start for English giants Arsenal when they face Greece’s Olympiacos Piraeus.

Arsenal secured a comfortable 1-0 victory in the first-leg encounter against Piraeus, who have Moroccan striker Youssef El Arabi on their books.

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