defender, William Troost-Ekong, has opened up on one of the saddest things he has heard in his career as he ruminates on the paths he has trodden to become a successful footballer, the joy he has given fans whenever he steps onto the pitch and then becoming a fulfilled family man.
In his video documentary, ‘I told you so’, the I Bianconeri No. 5 revealed how he was told by one of his Tottenham Hotspur coaches that he was not good enough to make it as a player, something he believes had pricked him and keeps pushing him up till today to achieve more.
The then 16-year-old started honing his trade at Spurs Academy where he spent three years but failed to make the grade before he moved on to FC Groningen for his first taste of senior football.
“One of my last moments at Tottenham before I left Spurs was when I had a meeting with one of my coaches, he told me and my mum that I wasn’t good enough to play, that he didn’t think I could make it as a football player.”
“This kind of upset me so much at the time but later became a big point for me to prove, first to them, then to myself and finally to the world that i am good enough to make it to the top.”
Since then, he has gone to represent Nigeria’s U-23s at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics while also earning caps at last year’s Russia World Cup tournament with the senior national team.
Dordrecht, FK Haugesund, Bursaspor and Gent have all benefited from the qualities of the never-say-die defender as he continues to take his career to an outstanding level.
He has become an indispensable part of the national team and barring any irremediable mishap is set to represent Gernot Rohr’s team in his first AFCON tournament in Egypt later this year.
Oliseh targets Iwobis Potential for Nigeria 2019 AFCON title
Former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, believes Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi will be very key to Nigeria’s success at the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations in Egypt should he play to his full potential.
According to Oliseh, Iwobi has scored five goals and provided two assists in 28 appearances for Nigeria since he made his international debut under Oliseh.
“With Iwobi playing the way he is, we would not be lacking, creatively, at the AFCON if he maintains his form,” Oliseh said.
The former national team captain also notes that the addition of Paul Onuachu gives the team more options in attack while adding that Gernot Rohr’s team must have a very good line of defense to clinch a fourth AFCON title.
“Paul Onuachu is another good one. He brought back memories of what Yekini used to do back then. To me with these guys in our attacking lineup, we have much more options.
“A team is as good as your defense line. Anybody can attack, but can your team soak in the pressure? Your team will absolve all that is thrown them once you have a good defence.”
The Super Eagles are making a return to the AFCON tournament after missing out on the last two editions.