Thursday, 9 November 2017

Playing For Nigeria Has Changed My Life - Ekong

As the countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia begins, Super Eagles' William Troost-Ekong has beautiful things to say about playing for Nigeria.
Speaking via the Nigeria Football Federation website, the defender, who plays for Turskish side Bursaspor, said he was excited about Nigeria’s qualification for the World Cup in Russia next year,  and also added that the experience he has gathered since he started playing for the Super Eagles of Nigeria has really changed his life.

Troost-Ekong said: "It is a big achievement for Nigeria and for me to qualify for the World Cup. It has encouraged me to continue to step up my game in preparation for the World Cup, and of course, at the tournament itself.

"We should aim to finish our World Cup qualifying campaign unbeaten and again use this as a game to improve as a team.

The experience garnered playing for the Super Eagles has been life –changing for me.

"Facing some of the best forwards in Africa, whilst having to perform and deliver for such a football-loving nation like Nigeria is a pressure that improves you as a player.

"I enjoy being with the team, and working with quality players. Playing alongside someone like Leon Balogun with his quality has definitely helped, but I would feel just as comfortable playing next to anyone now.

"I am not scared to play against any team. But of course, we hope for a favourable draw. We have to believe in ourselves just like we did in the qualifying campaign.

"Many doubted us winning a group with Cameroon and Algeria, and look where that got us!"

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