The Super Eagles assistant captain, William Troost-Ekong has welcomed the idea of playing two international friendlies with Mexico and Ecuador on May 28 and June 2 respectively The Trumpet gathered.
Troost-Ekong, who regretted the nation’s inability to pick the qualifying ticket ahead of arch-rivals Ghana, agreed that the friendlies of this magnitude will help in preparing the team for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
However, the Watford defender advised the team on the need to focus on the continent tournament while putting world cup woes behind.
He said, “It’s good to have these two fantastic friendlies. Obviously, we are still recovering from missing out on the World Cup.
“It’s good to play against two top football countries because they are the kind of oppositions we would’ve liked to play in preparation for Qatar.
“Anyway, we still have a chance to gain that experience. We are looking forward to it and we are happy to play these quality friendly games and looking forward to starting a new campaign to truly put the World Cup behind us as the Nations Cup is our only focus for now,” he added.
Nigeria, which held the Black Stars of Ghana at Kumasi to a barren draw in the first-leg world cup qualifying encounter, lost on away-goal rule after playing a one-all draw in the MKO Abiola National Stadium in the return clash.