Ekong admits AFCON, World Cup playoff defeats ripped Super Eagles apart


The pains of a failed AFCON title and World Cup qualification bids continue to haunt Nigeria’s players and months after dealing with the consequences is still hard, says CB William Troost-Ekong.

Nigeria’s elimination from the 2021 AFCON in the second round and a playoff defeat to Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup crashed hopes back home.
Speaking ahead of the Team’s first game since the World Cup playoff fiasco, the CB says there is a laser focus on picking up the 2023 AFCON qualification ticket and it’s a fresh start.
“This has been a tough few months for all of us,” Troost-Ekong admits following Nigeria’s recent results in International games.
“it’s a big heart ache and we have to keep it moving, I think when you fall down you have to stand up again and this team has done it before and we’ll do it again.”
“So, it’s great that we have these good friendly games and the chance to play in the AFCON qualifiers in the next two weeks.
“That’ll be a great chance for us to refresh and reset ourselves and of course now the big focus will be on the next AFCON.”


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