Exclusive By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nollywood star actor Richard Mofe Damijo who is a die hard Arsenal supporter is saddened by the absence of his darling team in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League which begins on 12 September.
The draw for the competition for this season was held in Monaco Thursday evening and Arsenal were conspicuously missing from the pots, rather the Gunners will compete in the second tier Europa League.
Damijo spoke on his disappointment about the failure of Arsenal to qualify for the competition after their fifth place finish in the English Premier League last season.
Arsenal were drawn in the Group H with Cologne, Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov.
“I don’t care much about the Europa League. With good signings last season and the swift handling of contract situations of the best players at the club, we (Arsenal) could have qualified. See how we already started fumbling in the new season (win against Leicester City and defeat against Stoke City).
“This year we should be contesting for the league but as usual we are not stepping up. I worry for Arsenal but perhaps if Alexis Sanchez re-signs or sees out his contract, the club may bounce back next season. I hope Arsene Wenger sticks to his guns and ensures that Sanchez stays put,” Damijo told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“I do not have any special club that I will support. I will just watch any of the matches that I can,” RMD said in response to the club he may be rooting for when the competition starts.
Damijo believes the UEFA Champions League draw held on Thursday was a fair one and it will be difficult to tell which club will win the title.
Multiple award winning RMD stated that there is no “group of death or group of life” after the draw held in Monaco, France.
“Wow, there are some big matches to be watched. I cannot tell now which one is the toughest group, I think the draw was fair. I really do not think there is a group of death or life, or anything like that.
“In Group A, you could say Manchester United are the favourites but the team to possibly join them in the next round I cannot predict now. Chelsea will come up against big teams too; AS Roma, Atletico Madrid and Qarabag.
“Group H, Real Madrid, Dortmund, Spurs and APOEL are very good teams. I will straight away tip Real Madrid to qualify for the knock out stages but again, can’t say who joins them.
“So its a fair draw. It will be an exciting competition to watch,” the veteran actor concluded.
The group stages of the 2017/2018 Champions League kicks off on 12 September.
NOTE: This story was first published on Complete Sports Nigeria, written by the editor of this website, www.Newslegend.com.ng.