Troost Ekong Discusses AFCON Quarter Final Against Angola: 'We Want to Win'

Troost Ekong Discusses AFCON Quarter Final Against Angola: 'We Want to Win'

Babajide Orevba, Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • William Troost-Ekong has warned Nigeria against underrating Angola
  • The Super Eagles will meet the Black Antelopes in the AFCON quarters
  • Nigeria are seeking to win the Africa Cup of Nations for their fourth time

Super Eagles vice-captain, William Troost-Ekong has emphasised thhe Nigerian team are eager to win their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final clash against Angola.

The three-time AFCON winners sealed a date with the Black Antelopes after cruising past rivals, Cameroon, 2-0 in the Round of 16, with Ademola Lookman netting both goals.

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William Troost-Ekong is confident the Super Eagles will not underrate Angola when they meet in the AFCON 2023 quarter-finals on February 2. Photo by MB Media.
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Speaking to Sports Brief, Ekong warned against underrating the Angolan team but gave assurances that Nigeria would be playing to get nothing less than a win.

"Who says they are a smaller team? I think this AFCON has taught everybody that the level is increasing, and there is no such thing as a small team anymore. And yes, we want to win the game."

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The Super Eagles will tackle Angola on Friday, February 2, in a highly anticipated quarter-final clash at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan.

Angola boosted with AFCON incentive

Meanwhile, ahead of Angola’s mouthwatering quarter-final fixture against the Super Eagles, the Black Antelopes have been given some financial boost to propel them to victory, Soccernet reports.

One of Angola's largest corporations, SODIAM EP, has pledged $250,000 to the national squad and technical staff if they defeat Nigeria and advance to the final of the 34th Africa Cup of Nations.

UNITEL, a telecommunications company, has also reportedly given each member of the Angolan delegation in Ivory Coast an iPhone 15, including a year of free calls, SMSes, and internet service.

Nigeria must not underestimate Angola

Sports Brief also previously reported on the forthcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final between Nigeria and Angola promises to be an exciting spectacle.

Although the odds are stacked in favour of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro's team will need to overcome the Black Antelopes' undefeated streak of nine games.

The Super Eagles' most recent triumph over Angola dates back to their 1989 victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the National Stadium in Lagos.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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Chukwu Ikechukwu
Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..