Ekong After Nigeria’s Loss To Ecuador: We Are Shaping Up Well But…


William Troost-Ekong says the Super Eagles should be proud of themselves after the team fell to another loss in their second and final friendly match of the United States tour.

Nigeria lost 1-0 to Ecuador in their second game in a week, after going down to Mexico 2-1 in Dallas, Texas? A 3rd minute header from Villarreal left-back Pervis Estupinan gave the Tricolor the lone goal win. 

Ekong who captained the squad in both games said it was a good experience for the boys and an opportunity to correct their mistakes ahead of the Afcon qualifying matches which will start next week.

“First of all I thought it was a good performance  from the boys bearing in mind we’ve only been working with the coach for maybe five or six training sessions.

“It was an improvement from what we showed against Mexico especially in the first half. It was a strong Ecuador team. We gave them a good game and in my opinion, we deserved more in the end.

“One of the reasons we are playing these games is to understand what the coach wants and prepare for the game we have in Africa. We hope to correct our small mistakes by the time we play Sierra Leone next week.

“The start of the game was for Ecuador, they took the momentum of the early goal. Playing at home here felt like we were playing away. Good to see so many Ecuador and Nigerian fans.

“It was a good performance and I think we deserve a little bit more.”

Ekong also said he’s proud of the NPFL players who made their debuts and is thrilled by the future of the team.

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