Udinese of Italy defender, William Troost-Ekong has taken a wipe at the pitch of Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, as he says it could have caused defeat for the Super Eagles against Egypt on Tuesday.
After leading the Eagles out as captain for the second time in Tuesday’s friendly,. Troost-Ekong admitted he was happy to win as team leader, but pointed out that it could have been a different story.
Footballlive.ng further reports that the former Haugesund of Denmark, KAA Gent of Belgium and Bursaspor of Turkey stopper, who first got the Eagles’ band in the second half of a friendly against Serbia, noted as well that the Egyptians also struggled on the surface.
Troost-Ekong, whose first role as full Eagles’ captain came in a similar friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt, added that Nigeria probably would have got a different result on Tuesday, had Paul Ebere Onuachu not scored as early as seven seconds into the game, a record setting hit that turned out to be the only goal of the historic encounter in Asaba.
The Holland-based central defender concluded by picking positives from Tuesday’s match, as he affirmed that it was an opportunity for some new players to be tested by Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, and ended with high scorecards for all the rookies in the Nigerian national team.
Troost-Ekong declared: “The pitch was bad for us and for them, but we were able to score an early goal and the new players played very well.”