In what should be his last official words before stepping out onto the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium pitch on Saturday evening to face Zambia, William Troost-Ekong is backing the Super Eagles to qualify for the World Cup with one game to spare.
If the four training sessions are anything to go by, the Bursaspor star will work again with his central defense partner Leon Balogun for the Super Eagles fourth game in the World Cup qualifiers.
”This game is crucial for us, Super Eagles. We have worked hard to be in this position. Today, it is up to us to secure our place in Russia,” said Troost-Ekong to the Nigerian Federation.
He ended with a message to his fellow Akwa Ibomites: ”Fill up the Godswill Akpabio Int’l Stadium, Uyo, on time this evening. Cheer your darling Super Eagles to the World Cup”.
Ekong netted two goals from his defensive position for Bursaspor before he reported for international duty, and will be celebrating his first goal in the national team’s colours if he scores against Zambia.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s new partners, Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group has pumped up the Super Eagles’ spirit by bringing back the much –loved ‘Man of The Match’ award, head of today’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Zambia.
The company’s Executive Director, Onyekachi Onubogu said the award, now to be known as ‘Big Bull Rice Man of The Match’ will make the winner N1 million richer, alongside 10 bags of Big Bull Rice to be donated to a charity of the player’s choice.
“We will make the presentation right there on the pitch at the end of the match. We believe this is something that will motivate the players to perform excellently well and encourage a culture of excellence,” Onubogu said.
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