Posted On Friday, 9th August 2013
Seven Ghanaian players have been handed tough Uefa Champions League play-off ties after the competition’s draw was held on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland.
Sulley Ali Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Kingsley Boateng will face 1988 winners PSV Eindhoven for a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage as the Rossoneris begin another search to take their rightful place in Europe.
Duo Muntari and Kevin were active for Massimiliano Allegri’s side as they finished third in the Italian Serie A last season to book their place in the competition while youngster Kingsley Boateng has been promoted into the senior team from the Primavera squad.
Kingsley could make his Champions League debut if he keeps his impressive form which he showed during pre-season.
Netherlands youth international Memphis Depay is a sure starter for PSV Eindhoven and he is likely to play in both legs for the Eredivisie side.
The 20-year-old who spent part of his holidays in the Coastal regions of Ghana has a Ghanaian root.
Ghana-born Gerald Asamoah has returned to Schalke 04 and it is unclear whether the Gelsenkirchen side would pick him for their Champions League squad for his age and decline his efficiency in attack.
Black Stars midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is racing to gain match fitness and fight for a place in the Arsenal midfield before the Gunners settle on their final squad for the competition.
Frimpong has returned to the Emirates after ending his loan spell with Fulham where he made just under eight appearances for the club.
Arsene Wenger – the Arsenal manager, has introduced a crop of young talents from the club’s youth ranks but might consider handing the former England U16 captain his debut full season with the Gunners to assess his real qualities.
Arsenal are facing a difficult opposition in Turkish giants Fenerbahçe SK.
Defender Lee Addy has had European experiences during his stint with Red Star Belgrade in Serbia but is set to mark his official debut in the Champions League proper after playing in the preliminary stages.
But he and his Dinamo Zagreb side must eliminate Austrian title-holders FK Austria Wien to stand any chance of progressing into the Group stages of the competition.