Eagles’ defence needs improvement, says Troost-Ekong

Uba Group

BY ANDREW EKEJIUBA

WILLIAM Troost-Ekong has admitted that the Super Eagles defence is not rock-solid and needs improvement ahead of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Freetown.

The three-time African champions have managed only one clean sheet in their last twelve appearances and that came against Tunisia in the third place playoff in the 2019 AFCON.

Of the 48 teams involved in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, only Zambia, Eswatini and Libya have a worse defensive record than Gernot Rohr’s team, having conceded seven goals from three games.

Troost-Ekong, whose performance against the Leone Stars was below his usual standard, says the defenders have been talking among themselves to make the unit stronger.

The aerial ability of the defenders and goalkeepers is questionable after conceding three goals via headers in qualifying.

The Watford star further revealed that the defenders do talk to themselves during matches to tighten the defence.

“Yes, Of course, all of us, that is an ongoing thing, even if we had won the game 4-0 in Benin there are things that we still have to improve.

“That’s what happens in every game, we have to grow and we are going to be ready for the next game,” Troost-Ekong concluded.