Troost-Ekong To Miss Super Eagles vs Guinea-Bissau Double Header

Troost-Ekong To Miss Super Eagles vs Guinea-Bissau Double Header

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM
  • Super Eagles of Nigeria will be without their strong defender Troost-Ekong for the clash against Guinea-Bissau
  • The three-time African champions will host their visitors in the first leg of the AFCON qualifiers on March 24
  • Jose Peseiro who is the coach of the Super Eagles has however explained that his team would do well

Stand in captain of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Troost-Ekong is now set to miss Nigeria's coming double header in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau.

This is because the Salernitana defender is still recuperating from the injury he sustained last month while playing against Verona.

Initially, the strongman was expected to be sidelined for two weeks, but his recuperation process suffered a setback which has affected his game.

Troost-Ekong, Super Eagles, Nigeria, AFCON qualifiers
Troost-Ekong to miss Super Eagles vs Guinea-Bissau double header
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According to the report on Complete Sports, coach Peseiro explained that Ekong really wanted to come and play in the coming games.

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Statement made by Peseiro

“He is our captain. I know he really wanted to come and play. He told me often. I am in contact with the trainers and coaches of the Nigerian players.
“Those of Troost-Ekong told me that he is working a lot, although there is not much chance of taking him with us in the next games. My friend Paulo Sousa also confirmed this to me.”

Meanwhile, Super Eagles are topping the group ahead of the first leg clash at the MKO Abiola stadium in Abuja.

Emmanuel Babayaro speaks

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how former Nigerian international, Emmanuel Babayaro stated the withdrawal of Ronaldo Nazario in the second half helped the Nigerian national team beat Brazil at the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1996.

At the contest, the African team - then coached by Bonfrere Jo - landed in the semi-final of the competition against all odds and had a tough game against the South American giants.

Brazil was the favourite to win the title considering the number of stars in the squad, but the Nigerians upset the order and broke the Selecao's hearts.

After the first 45 minutes, Brazil were leading Nigeria 3-1 with hopes of many fans already in tatters. Prayers for a win steadily became prayers for the South Americans to not score any more in the second half.

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