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Eguavoen: Balogun, Troost-Ekong Key To Super Eagles World Cup Success

Eguavoen: Balogun, Troost-Ekong Key To Super Eagles World Cup Success

By David Meshioye:

Former Super Eagles captain and coach Austin Eguavoen believes Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup success will depend on Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong’s form, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


The defender at USA 94 World Cup posited that the Super Eagles would need the central defence duo to be on top of their game if the team is to make any appreciable impact at the Mundial.

He said while Gernot Rohr can depend on Mikel Obi’s wealth of experience to anchor the midfield, Balogun and Ekong are World Cup debutantes whose roles require lots of hard work.

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“BalogTroost-Ekong are two of my favourite defenders by all standard and I believe they did put in a lot to ensure Nigeria qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup,” Eguavoen told CSN.

“But we will need them in their best form if Nigeria must do well at the World Cup, because every good team that does well at the Mundial is known to parade tested defenders who commit few fouls and do clean jobs.

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“Every department has its role to play but I think we will be alright if our defenders can give the goalkeeper the right cover.”

The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning defender further enjoined Nigerians to rally behind Rohr in his quest to succeed at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“Rohr is doing a great job and deserves our support. Like I keep saying, Nigeria’s qualification will open more business opportunities to everyone and it will even get better if the Super Eagles do well in Russia,” Eguavoen added.

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  • cherechi 3 years ago

    I always like your points and encouragemen about the Super Eagles

  • Salami Musa 3 years ago

    I don’t agree wit u, Sir. I would rather want to think that a good defense without a quality goalkeeper is an open invitation for disaster.
    Disaster is knocking on Super Eagles WC doors with Uzoho, Akpeyi & Ezenwa as main keepers.
    But the Coach thinks differently. I respect his decision and hopes he gets it right. But I have made up my mind to accept any result from the tournament without being under pressure.
    My expectations are low, and it’s healthy for me.

  • He is correct

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Austin should  go and sit down, the guy was a bad  player and useless as a coach, we don’t need any input  from him.. we are not ready for this world period.

  • people that come on media to terminate poeple ideas are doing us no good,if you have any thing to say,say nobody will stop you,afterall the decesion is for the coach,to us is just sugestions

  • Nathanflick7 3 years ago

    Ighalo just scored 4 goals in a match…..who.,,ride on Bro

  • super eagles, when will your slow game and back pass end. coach place musa first half for Gods sake, you guys fight as if its your last chance, stop forming fine boys stop the disgrace, who are you better than? amunike,omakachi,okeocha,kalu,this guys gave their best Micheal what in the world is wrong with this formation and attack, you guys play like local teams, feeders, the local school team i coach play 20 times better than you guys, the whole Africa is watching the whole world is seeing this what a disgrace from you guys, my God add pressure determination, rigidity and support from each other.why the
    fooling like premature idiots, who do you play better than? look at the cheap game you lost!!!! what a big shame/disgrace God forbid bad thing. who ever that comments good about this failure is a shame to Nigeria,Africa,the whole black race God forbid. stop this shame and humiliation, kill yourself on that peach if you have to, bunch of premature how? stop the fooling and fight dam it!!!