Olivier Karekezi’s Swedish club, Helsingborg IF was drawn in the same Uefa Cup group as Turkish giants Galatasaray in the draws released on Wednesday.
In group H, Helsingborg (Sweden), Galatasaray (Turkey), Bordeaux (France), Panionis (Greece) and FK Austria Magna of Australia will play alternate home and away games and all start their campaigns on October 25.
Amavubi Stars’ reliable midfielder missed Helsingborg’s 2-0 home victory against Hammarby IF in the Allsvenskan league on Monday after failing to fully recover from a knee injury.
Helsingborg starts its campaign against Panionis on October 25 before traveling to Turkey for their crucial tie against Galatasaray on November 8.
There was a more equitable division of goals in the tie between Helsingborg IF and SC Heerenveen, both Karekezi and Henrik Larsson playing a starring role as the Swedish side overturned a 5-3 first-leg defeat to prevail 8-6 on aggregate.