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Taye Taiwo, Nnamdi Oduamadi Nigerian players in Helsinki team for Europa League fixture

Taye Taiwo has featured in the Europa League in the past with Marseille and Dynamo Kiev.

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Taye Taiwo, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Paul Onovo with HJK Helsinki play Nigerian players Taye Taiwo, Nnamdi Oduamadi and Paul Onovo with HJK Helsinki teammates (Twitter/HJK Helsinki)

Nigerian players Taye Taiwo and Nnamdi Oduamadi have been included in HJK Helsinki’s team to face FK Atlantas in Thursday’s first leg Europa League first round qualifying game at the Klaipédosmiesto Centrinis stadium.

Helsinki will be aiming to make it to the group stage of the Europa League and will have to beat Atlantas to progess.

Nnamdi Oduamadi and Taye Taiwo play

Nnamdi Oduamadi and Taye Taiwo

(Instagram/Taye Taiwo )

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If they overcome FK Atlantas, Helsinki will face either Beroe Stara Zagora from Bulgaria or FK Radnik Bijeljina from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second qualifying round.

Taye Taiwo with HJK Helsinki teammates play

Taye Taiwo with HJK Helsinki teammates

(Twitter/HJK Helsinki )

 

For the game, Helsinki have named a 23-man squad to face Atlantas which also includes another Nigerian player Paul Onovo.

This will be an European debut for Oduamadi and Onovo while Taiwo has featured in this competition in the past with Marseille and Dynamo Kiev.

 

The former Super Eagles left-back will make his 30th appearance if he features in the encounter.

He has scored four times in the competition.

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