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William Troost-Ekong Reveals His 2026 Dream, Comments On Super Eagles Coach Saga

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Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has stressed that he wants to play for Nigeria at the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

William Troost-Ekong and his team failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Based on his age, 30, the next World Cup could be his last chance of playing at the prestigious tournament.

Ahead of the tournament, the Super Eagles have played two qualification games, and the two games ended in draws. They are currently sitting in third place, a point behind second-place South Africa, and two points behind first-place Rwanda.

In June, William Troost-Ekong who currently plays for Greek club, PAOK FC, might watch from home when the Super Eagles take on South Africa and Benin Republic in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Note that the Eagles’ vice-captain is currently battling to recover from a fitness issue.

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In an interview with Segun Odegbami on Eagle FM, Troost-Ekong was asked about his availability for the 2025 AFCON, he replied that he will be available for the tournament, adding that he aims to play at the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

“Yes, I will be available for the 2025 AFCON but the 2026 World Cup is my main target and I feel I am coming to the best year of my career. I feel good physically and I am recovering well now. I feel more motivated than before to be part of history and join some of the great stars who have won one trophy before”, he said.

“So that is one thing I want to achieve in my career. And I know I need to play well at club level to put myself in the picture and we have the chance to do so hopefully next year in Morocco. It will be better than we did in Cote d’Ivoire.”

Meanwhile, William Troost-Ekong told Odegbami that he wishes to see the Super Eagles being coached by a Nigerian but wouldn’t mind a foreign tactician.

Note that the team has been without a coach since Jose Peseiro’s contract with the NFF expired on February 29, 2024.

Troost-Ekong said, “I think that will be the ideal situation for our team to be honest.

“I said that because I have seen Senegal for example, what they achieve with their coach. Ivory Coast now, they changed their coach in the middle of the tournament.

“There is something that has to be said about a coach understanding the culture of a country, players, and daily route having been there before as a player, playing at the AFCON.”

He continued,“But on the other hand, I can’t dismiss having a foreign coach because my experience under Gernot Rohr was so very good. We went to the World Cup and AFCON semi-finals in Egypt.

“Under Jose Peseiro, there were a lot of criticisms before the tournament and the year leading after it. And for him to take us to the AFCOn final, it’s a lot of achievement for him.

“For me, I like to think beyond nationalities and political positions. I like to think whatever decision that will be made will be the best for the team.”

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France FA Gives Update On Kylian Mbappe’s Injury After Clash With Austria

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The French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the Euro 2024 game against Austria on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Kylian Mbappe who was expected to lead the assault on Austria found himself on the receiving end when his face caught the shoulder of Kevin Danso while anticipating a free-kick from Antoine Griezmann in the 85th minute of the game.

The incident left the 25-year-old Frenchman with a bleeding nose, and had to be attended to for minutes before he got back to his feet. Funny enough, he was shown a yellow card in the 89th minute for going down seconds after returning to his feet.

Coach Didier Deschamps had to substitute him in the 90th minute with veteran striker, Olivier Giroud as the game ended in a 1-0 win courtesy of an own goal from Maximilian Wöber in the 38th minute.

After the game, the FFF confirmed that Kylian Mbappe might play the rest of the European Championship with a face mask. However, the football body didn’t confirm whether or not the new Real Madrid signee will be available for France’s next Euro 2024 game against the Netherlands on June 21.

“He has returned to the base camp of the French team,” the FFF said.

“He will undergo treatment in the coming days, without undergoing surgery immediately.”

During the post-game press conference, coach Didier Deschamps said: “We need to check it out but it seems quite complicated, which is really very unfortunate for us. He didn’t get off lightly.”

He added: “I’m not going to go into hypothesis but the French team with Kylian will always be stronger with him.

“If the news doesn’t go along these lines then we will have to fight without him.”

Note that Kylian Mbappe has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for France so far in his international career.
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Euro 2024: Lukaku’s brace disallowed as Slovakia stun Belgium

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Belgium suffered a 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their Euro 2024 campaign in Germany.

Romelu Lukaku’s two disallowed goals added to the frustration for the Red Devils at the Deutsche Bank Park.

The match started badly for Belgium when Ivan Schranz capitalized on a poor pass by Jeremy Doku, putting Slovakia ahead early.

Schranz’s strike, just minutes into the game, ended up being a bitter pill for the Belgians.

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Belgium’s star striker Romelu Lukaku thought he had equalized twice, only to be denied by the officials on both occasions.

His first goal was ruled out for offside, a decision met with dismay by the Belgian supporters.

The second disallowed goal came after a review by the snickometer, which detected a handball in the build-up.

Despite their struggles later on, Slovakia held on for all three points in the Group E encounter.

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Official: Chidera Ejuke becomes Sevilla’s first summer signing

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Nigerian international Chidera Ejuke has officially joined Sevilla, becoming their first signing of the 2024/25 season.

The club in a statement welcomed the Zaria born, who is versatile in attack but primarily plays on the left wing.

His European career began in 2017 with Valerenga in Norway.

At 19, Ejuke made a huge impact at Valerenga, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in 59 appearances over two seasons.

His performance earned him a move to Heerenveen in the Netherlands, where he netted 10 goals and six assists in just one season.

Ejuke’s next step was a transfer to CSKA Moscow, where he added 10 goals and eight assists to his record, and gained European experience with five UEFA Europa League appearances.

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Recent seasons saw him on loan at Hertha Berlin and Royal Antwerp.

At Antwerp, he made four UEFA Champions League appearances this season under coach Mark van Bommel.

On international level, Ejuke debuted for Nigeria in 2020 after progressing through various youth levels, including the Under-17.

He has since earned eight caps, participating in World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns for the Super Eagles.

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