Abuja - The first qualifying round of the Europa League got
underway on Tuesday night with Maltese club Balzan squaring off against
Zeljeznicar (Bosnia) at the Hibernians Stadium.
Coach of Balzan, Oliver Spiteri, named Osa Guobadia in his starting X1 but
there was no place in the squad for new signing Godwin Mensha as the necessary
paperwork that would have enabled him feature in the tie was yet to be
Balzan have a mountain to climb in their bid to progress to the next round
following their 2 - 0 loss to the visitors, with Osa Guobadia, wearing the
number 50 shirt, going the full 90.
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Rijad registered his first goal of the game as early as the fourth minute from the penalty spot before he bagged ZeljezniCar's second nine minutes later.
Other Nigerian players whose teams will be in action in the first qualifying round of the Europa League include Chuks Akabueze (Odd Grenland), Segun Adeniyi (Laci), Eze Vincent (Omonia Nicosia), Shola Shodiyi (Birkirkara) and Dickson Etuhu (AIK).