Champions League: Emenike Battles Echiejile As Ogu Faces Ideye

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian stars Emmanuel Emenike and Elderson Echiejile will face each other in the showpiece tie of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.

Emenike’s Fenerbahce were drawn against Echiejile’s Monaco by UEFA on Friday as the clubs battle to reach the group phase of the Champions League.

Also, Efe Ambrose’s Scottish side Celtic could face a trip to Kazakstan in the third qualifying round of the Champions League after being drawn against Astana or Lithuania’s Zalgiris Vilnius.

The Hoops who were seeded for the draw must overturn a 1-0 defeat to Gibraltar side Lincoln Red Imps to progress to the third qualifying round.

They host the Red Imps at Celtic Park next week.

Should Celtic progress, they will play in either Kazakstan or Lithuania the first tie on July 26/27 and the second on August 2/3.

Also Brown Ideye Olympiakos could square up against the duo of John Ogu and Anthony Nwakeame if the Israeli side Hapoel Beer-Sheva see off Moldovan side Sheriff FC the second leg of the second round clash next week.

Slovakia champions, Trencin, which parade three Nigerians (Samuel Kalu, Rabiu Ibrahim and Kingsley Madu) will face Legia Warszawa or Zrinjski should they see off Blessing Eleke’s Olimpija Ljubljana in the second round qualifying tie.

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FULL THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND DRAW

Ajax (NED) v PAOK (GRE)
Sparta Praha (CZE) v Steaua București (ROU)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) v Young Boys (SUI)
Rostov (RUS) v Anderlecht (BEL)
Fenerbahçe (TUR) v Monaco (FRA)
Rosenborg (NOR)/IFK Norrköping (SWE) v The New Saints (WAL)/APOEL (CYP)
Vardar (MKD)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)/Alashkert (ARM)
Olympiacos (GRE) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)/Sheriff (MDA)
Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)/Astana (KAZ) v Lincoln (GIB)/Celtic (SCO)
Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)/Trenčín (SVK) v Zrinjski (BIH)/Legia Warszawa (POL)
Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v Qarabağ (AZE)/F91 Dudelange (LUX)
Astra Giurgiu (ROU) v Crusaders (NIR)/FC København (DEN)
BATE Borisov (BLR)/SJK Seinäjoki (FIN) v Dundalk (IRL)/FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)/Mladost Podgorica (MNE) v Valletta (MLT)/Crvena zvezda (SRB)
Partizani (ALB)/Ferencváros (HUN) v FC Salzburg (AUT)/Liepāja (LVA

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