AFCON: How underdog tag is helping Nigeria -Troost-Ekong

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Super Eagles defender and captain, William Troost-Ekong, has said being tagged as an underdog helped Nigeria’s performance at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

He also commended Austine Eguavoen for the performance of the team at the competition.

The three-time AFCON champions will face Tunisia in the Round of 16 on Sunday for a place in the quarter-final.

Eguavoen-led Nigerian team have been outstanding at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria had eased into the Round of 16 as group leaders, with a match to spare, courtesy of the wins over Egypt and Sudan in their two matches and the combination of other results, notably Egypt’s defeat of Guinea Bissau on Saturday.

Despite that, the team defeated Guinea Bissau 2-0 to record 100 per cent victory in their group stage.

Eguavoen, 56, is the only man to have coached Nigeria to win all three matches in the group phase of the AFCON since the country started participating at this level since 1963.

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Ekong, in a chat with NFF TV, said, “The AFCON has been exciting and I have spent a lot of time watching the games. I think I am very proud of our team and how we have started,” the Watford defender told NFF TV.

“Before we came here there were question marks on the players that we took because many of us don’t have so much experience. And some players are unavailable at the last minute. So I think the boys have done a great job. And the coaches have a fantastic job as well. He really made us work like a team.

“One thing that is to our advantage is that we started as an underdog at the tournament.”

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