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Troost-Ekong: Super Eagles targeting only victory against Algeria

Super Eagles ace William Troost-Ekong says only victory against Desert Foxes of Algeria on Tuesday will be good enough

The Watford centre back stated this in an interview published on NFF TV.

Both the Eagles and Algeria are Qatar world cup absentees and would be using the friendly to prepare for next year’s 2023 AFCON qualifiers which will resume in March.

And speaking on the new players, training ahead of the friendly, the former Udinese defender said: “It’s been good we are very happy to see the boys back together and the staff. We have a game coming up against Algeria and spirit has been high, training has been good and we are just working hard to improve our team cohesion and be ready for the game.

“The secret to our team is that there’s togetherness. We have experienced a lot in the last year, for the new guys they are welcome and they will have to do the initiation and singing still but the most important thing is that they are comfortable with us and they can show themselves on the pitch and contribute.

“We want to try and win all the games and improve on all areas, we are playing against Algeria, one of the top teams in Africa we have to show them respect but at the same time even though it’s a friendly game we will try and win the game and prepare ourselves for the qualifiers that would be coming up next.“

Troost-Ekong added: “It’s a great opportunity for the new players to show themselves and for all of us to blend together and understand what the coach expects from us.”

Eagles will take on the Algerian B team in a test game on Friday in Constantine before facing the Riyad Mahrez-led side next week Tuesday. Algeria on their part will face Syli Nationale of Guinea on Friday before the tie against Eagles on Tuesday.

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