Udinese of Italy defender, William Troost-Ekong has raised the ante ahead of Nigeria’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Seychelles, as he says he and his colleagues in the Super Eagles are hungry to pick the group’s sole ticket.
Troost–Ekong admitted that the players have a duty to revive enthusiasm among their fans, following a disappointing pouting at the World Cup, and says it is the same reason why they will go all out for victory in Saturday’s game against Seychelles.
The Germany-born player stressed that the Eagles have put their outing at Russia 2018 behind them, and are ready reignite their 2019 AFCON qualifiers with an away victory.
The 25-year- old former KAA Gent of Belgium and Bursaspor of Turkey defender added that playing for Nigeria remains one of the best moments of his footballing career as he hopes to add to the Olympic bronze he won in 2016.
He said: “It has been amazing being able to represent the Super Eagles in the past years. I am proud of the medal we brought home to Nigeria with the Olympics team and aim to win something now with the Super Eagles before I’ll be content
“The World Cup is behind us now. It was hard for all of us, but I still look back with pride about the team.
“Our World Cup experience has definitely made us more hungry to qualify for the AFCON and to go all the way to win it.
“I think we have demonstrated that when Nigeria plays at its best, there aren’t many teams we have to fear, but it will be a hard job in the next two months.
“I know the boys and staff are taking these games seriously. But of course, I believe if we perform well, we will qualify.”