Ghanaian players in Uefa Europa League action tonight
By Patrick Akoto
A hatful of Ghanaian players will be involved in the group phase of the Uefa Europa League on Thursday night.
Andre and Jordan Ayew are expected to play a key role for Marseille when they travel to Turkey to face Fenerbache.
The two brothers have combined effectively for the French giants this term which has seen them go unbeaten in the Lique 1.
Defender John Pantsil will continue his blistering form for Hapoel Tel Aviv when they play at home to Athletico Madrid.
The Ghanaian right-back has played in Hapoel’s last five games and should be in line for a regular spot in the team.
Udinise have been boosted by the return of midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu from injury.
The 21-year-old returned to the training grounds on Monday after a troublesome shoulder injury ruled him out of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi early this month.
He could be called to duty by manager Francesco Guidolin ahead of tonight’s clash against ambitious Russian giants Anzhi Makhachkala at the Stadio Fruili.
Midfielder Awal Issah could also feature for Norwegian giants Rosenborg when they travel to Rapid Vienna.
Black Stars duo Derek Boateng and Samuel Inkoom are likely to warm the bench when Dnipro play as guest of PSV Eindhoven.
Boateng’s decision to seek a move away from the Ukrainian outfit during the transfer window has resulted in him being kept away from the team by manager Juande Ramos.
But the situation of Inkoom is different as he has struggled to assert himself in the team.
Quincy Owusu Abeyie is expected to part of the Panathinakos party that will travel to NK Mariborv with youngster Joseph Alfred Duncan unlikely to be part of the Inter Milan squad that will play Rubin Kazan.