Super Eagles Captain Troost-Ekong Declares Full Fitness Amid World Cup Qualifier Exclusion

Super Eagles captain and AFCON 2023 MVP William Troost-Ekong confirmed his fitness and readiness to represent Nigeria in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. This revelation comes despite his notable exclusion from the 23-man squad announced by new manager Finidi George

Lagos, Nigeria – In a surprising turn of events, Super Eagles captain and AFCON 2023 MVP William Troost-Ekong confirmed his fitness and readiness to represent Nigeria in the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

This revelation comes despite his notable exclusion from the 23-man squad announced by new manager Finidi George for the crucial matches against South Africa and the Benin Republic.

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Troost-Ekong, who played a pivotal role in leading Nigeria to the AFCON 2023 final, addressed the media during a Meet-and-Greet event in Lagos on Thursday night.

The inspirational defender set the record straight regarding his fitness, dispelling rumors of an ongoing recovery from an injury sustained during the continental tournament.

“They predicted it would take three to four months for me to come back; I came back in nine weeks,” Troost-Ekong stated. “I am match fit; I didn’t play in the last games (for PAOK), but that’s up to the coach to decide.”

“But I was back with the team training two weeks before the end. I am fit now, so if anything happens to the current squad (Super Eagles), Finidi George has my full support. But I can thank God that I am back fit again.”

Troost-Ekong’s declaration challenges the prevailing assumptions about his recovery status and raises questions about his omission from the squad.

The 30-year-old’s absence had sparked considerable debate among fans and pundits, many of whom view him as a cornerstone of Nigeria’s defense.

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The decision to exclude Troost-Ekong from the squad is the first major selection controversy for Finidi George, who recently took the helm as the Super Eagles’ manager.

George’s squad selection for the World Cup qualifiers is crucial as Nigeria seeks to secure its place in the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

In light of Troost-Ekong’s fitness confirmation, pressure mounts on Finidi George to potentially reconsider his defensive options. The Super Eagles captain has been an influential figure both on and off the pitch, known for his leadership qualities and defensive prowess.

The upcoming double-header against South Africa and Benin Republic is critical for Nigeria’s World Cup qualification campaign. The Super Eagles are determined to maintain their momentum and secure the necessary points to advance to the next stage of the qualifiers.

Troost-Ekong’s availability could significantly bolster Nigeria’s defensive lineup. His experience and tenacity were instrumental in Nigeria’s impressive run at AFCON 2023, where they reached the final.

The prospect of having their captain back in action is likely to excite fans and add a strategic advantage to the team.

As the Super Eagles prepare for their crucial matches, the potential inclusion of Troost-Ekong could be a game-changer.

His readiness to step in if needed demonstrates his commitment to the national team and eagerness to contribute to their success.

With the qualifiers on the horizon, all eyes will be on Finidi George’s final squad decisions. The Super Eagles’ journey to the 2026 World Cup is set to continue with intense anticipation and heightened expectations from fans and analysts alike.

For now, William Troost-Ekong stands ready and fit, awaiting the call to lead Nigeria’s defense once more, should the opportunity arise.

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