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The Watford FC of England man is eager for the commencement of 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

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Super Eagles of Nigeria vice-captain William Troost-Ekong has expressed optimism towards the chances of the Super Eagles flying again after the team failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar following a play-off defeat at the hands of the Ghanaian national team in March 2022. Ekong is presently in the camp of the three-time African champions in Dallas, the United States as they prepare to play two friendly games against the El Tri of Mexico on Sunday, May 29, and the Ecuadorian national team on Friday, June 3, 2022.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze medalist also expressed delight in meeting the new technical crew and is impressed with the presence of some home-based professionals in camp.

“We all arrive from a long travel here in Dallas it was amazing to meet the coach and the new coaching crew,’

the former Udinese defender said.

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“Training was good, it is great to see there are lots of home-based players here as well who have the chance to show themselves. Everyone is in good spirit and we are waiting for one or two more late arrivals and we are preparing well for the game against Mexico.

“It has been a tough few months for all of us, it’s a big heartache we have to keep on moving. When you fall down you have to stand up again, this team has been down before and came back and I believe we will do it again.’’

Ekong also noted that the friendly games will be important for the Super Eagles as they commence the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on June 9 against Sierra Leone before travelling to Mauritius for their second game on June 13. He concluded by thanking the fans for their unwavering support.

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“So it’s great to be up for these friendly games and a chance to play in the AFCON qualifiers in the next few weeks, that would be a great chance for us to refresh and refocus ourselves and the focus would be on the next AFCON. Lastly, I have to say a big thank you to the fans, I will ask them and encourage them to stay behind the team we all know how much it means for us. We really appreciate your support so please stay behind the team.”

William Troost-Ekong


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This article was first published on 30th May 2022


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