Super Eagles: What Oliseh Said That Almost Discouraged Me - Troost-Ekong
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Super Eagles central defender, William Troost-Ekong has revealed what he was told by the former coach, Sunday Oliseh about his national team career which almost got him discouraged.
He said Oliseh manner of approach and statements was responsible for his non-regular feature for the team.
‘’He didn’t believe in me then, but I think Nigerians can see now what I can do,’’ Troost-Ekong told aclsports.com.
“I hope he’s watching his TV now and seeing us going to the World Cup. No ill feelings, I saw him at the Olympics last year and we spoke briefly.”
The former Netherlands youth international hinted he found game time hard to come by during Oliseh’s spell as manager of the Super Eagles.
Recall that Troost-Ekong, who plays for Bursaspor, made only two appearances for the national team, against Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo, under the stewardship of Oliseh before he was frozen out of the squad.
‘’The Olympics was like a restart for my international career. I was part of the Super Eagles until Sunday Oliseh took me out because he said Oyibo boys are too soft,’’ Troost-Ekong said.
Under his watch as a defender, Nigeria has kept seven clean sheets in 15 matches and he partnered German-born Leon Balogun in central defence in five of those games, against Chad, Mali, Tanzania, Cameroun and Zambia.