Super Eagle defender, William Troost-Ekong has asked Nigerians to forgive the Super Eagles for failing to book a spot in the 2022 World Cup which will take place in Qatar and assured that the Nigerian football national team will be back stronger.
Troost-Ekong who was part of the team that played Black Stars of Ghana to a 1-1 draw in the return leg of the 2022 World Cup Qualifying playoff at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday said that they tried all their possible best but it wasn’t meant to be.
Nigeria, in the first leg of the qualifying playoff in Ghana, was held to a 0-0 draw which made the Super Eagles lose their spot to the Black Stars on away goal aggregate.
The Watford defender on his Facebook page penned an apology to the Nigerian fans and also thanked them for their great support. He also used the opportunity to thank the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, and Minister of Youths and Sports, Sunday Dare for rallying behind the team.
“To all Nigerians, on behalf of the team, we want to apologize for not securing the World Cup ticket.
“Despite giving it everything possible, it wasn’t meant to be.
First and foremost, as Nigerians, we share your emotions and we take our responsibility as a group.
“We sincerely thank the Nigerian fans for their overwhelming support, the NFF President who did everything possible to make the qualification happen and of course the Minister.
“A bitter pill to swallow but believe me we will be back better and stronger!
This will be the first time the Super Eagles have failed to qualify for the World Cup since 2006. They have six appearances in the tournament, two behind Cameroun who has the highest appearances in Africa.
The five countries that will be representing Africa at the 2022 World Cup later this year are Ghana, Morocco, Cameroon, Tunisia and Senegal.