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Troost-Ekong Discloses – Oliseh said I was too soft for Eagles

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Nigeria defender William Troost-EKong has said there were doubts about his ability to play well for Nigeria when he was first called-up to the team.

Troost-Ekong made his debut for Nigeria in 2015 and has gone on to make 19 appearances for the Eagles. He was pivotal as the Super Eagles became the first African team to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

In an interview with on Thursday, the 24-year-old Dutch-born defender, who has formed a solid partnership with German-born defender Leon Balogun, said he was disappointed when he was told by former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh that he was not physically capable of playing in Africa.

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He said, “There were a lot of doubts over me because I did not play for a big team in Holland before my first call-up. Then, on top of that, being ‘Oyibo’, or half-white, you have to prove yourself even more.

“My partner at center-back (new Brighton signing Leon Balogun) is half-German, half-Nigerian, so he is the same as me. After a game, he (Oliseh) said we were too soft to play against African players. That upset me because one of my traits as a player is that I am someone who does not back away from anyone. I am not the most skillful, but I know what I am good at.

“I think that’s part of being from different countries, different cultures. It’s not nice when people try to use that against you. I identify myself as being Nigerian as well, and I feel at home in the team. Not once have I ever looked around and thought ‘this is not for me’. But it spurred me on. I have played against African strikers since then and no one has bullied me. I have proven my point.”

With England playing Nigeria today in a friendly on Saturday at Wembley as both countries prepare for the June 14 to July 15 Russia 2018 World Cup, the Turkey-based defender said his meeting with Kane would feel like a homecoming for him – having schooled in London before leaving England in 2013.

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He said the striker once helped him to fill out his registration forms when he was a new scholar at Tottenham.

“He was one of the first guys that sat me down and helped me; it’s amazing to see how well he has done,” he said.

Troost-Ekong earlier this year became the third African player to commit one percent of his salary to charity as part of Juan Mata’s Common Goal project. He is born to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother. His fiancée is in England – expecting their first child.

Source: The Punch

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Premier League! Sarri Identifies First Signing For Chelsea (SEE)

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Maurizio Sarri has identified Belgian midfielder, Dries Mertens as his first signing when he becomes Chelsea boss.

Chelsea are expected to announce their decision on a new manager soon with Sarri making much of the headlines as Antonio Conte’s replacement.

Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge despite leading the club to the FA Cup title last season.

The Mirror UK reports that Sarri wants to make Mertens his first signing as Chelsea manager.

The former Napoli boss is closing in on a move to take over at Stamford Bridge, and wants the 31-year-old to come to London along with him.

Maurizio Sarri has identified Belgian midfielder, Dries Mertens as his first signing when he becomes Chelsea boss.

Mertens scored 22 goals under Sarri at Napoli last season, as Napoli finished second in Serie A.

 

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“Mikel Obi Is A Bad Number 10 For Super Eagles” – Mourinho

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Sequel to the opening Group D World Cup match of the Super Eagles against Croatia on Saturday which ended with a 2-0 victory in favour to the Crotian team, Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is a bad number 10.

Mourinho stated this after Nigeria’s loss to Croatia on Saturday. The Portuguese gaffer, who signed Mikel for Chelsea in 2006 and converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfield, said Nigeria has lost a good defensive midfielder in the person of Mikel.

Speaking as a World Cup pundit on the Russian TV station, RT, Mourinho said, referring to Mikel: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”

Mikel has often played an advanced role for the Eagles, while he played a much deeper role for Chelsea successfully for close to 11 years.

The Eagles will face Iceland on Friday needing a win to keep hope alive.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Co touch down in Russia ahead of World Cup after Real Madrid star leaves young Portugal fan ‘crying with happiness’ in Lisbon

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  • Portugal arrived  Lisbon airport on Saturday morning ahead of flying out
  • European champions are jetting out to Russia six days before opening game
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Co face Spain in Sochi in Group B clash on Friday
  • The squad then arrived on their plane in Moscow on Saturday afternoon 

According to reports a young Portugal fan gave his national side heroes and Cristiano Ronaldo an emotional send off as they jetted out to Russia for the World Cup on Saturday.

C. Ronaldo was leading the European champions through Humberto Delgado Airport in the Portuguese capital Lisbon when he was approached by a youngster wearing his shirt.

The Real Madrid star stopped to embrace the kid, posed for pictures and then left him ‘crying with happiness’ after giving him an autograph before heading for the departure lounge.

A young Portugal fan ran up to greet Cristiano Ronaldo as he arrived at Lisbon airport

A young Portugal fan ran up to greet Cristiano Ronaldo as he arrived at Lisbon

Ronaldo shares an embrace with the young fan as he got ready to fly out to Russia

Ronaldo led the youngster inside and left him 'crying with happiness' according to the mother

Ronaldo led the youngster inside and left him ‘crying with happiness’ according to the mother

The Real Madrid star gave the child an autograph before heading into the departure lounge

The Real Madrid star gave the child an autograph before heading into the departure lounge

Ronaldo gives a thumbs up to the camera as he prepares to jet off to Russia

Ronaldo gives a thumbs up to the camera as he prepares to jet off to Russia

The 33-year-old smiles and waves to the camera as he gets set to arrive at the World Cup

The 33-year-old smiles and waves to the camera as he gets set to arrive at the World Cup

The Real Madrid star led the European champions as they departed for the World Cup

The Real Madrid star led the European champions as they departed for the World Cup

The Portugal plane lands in Moscow as the players arrive for the World Cup later this month

The Portugal plane lands in Moscow as the players arrive for the World Cup later this month

Ronaldo then arrived with his Portugal team-mates at the Zhukovsky International Airport

Ronaldo then arrived with his Portugal team-mates at the Zhukovsky International Airport

The Portugal players disembark from the plane after arriving at the airport in Moscow

His mother told reporters: ‘He loves the national team so he is now very happy. He managed to get an autograph from Cristiano Ronaldo and now he is crying with happiness.’

The Real Madrid stars and his team-mates arrived in Moscow on Saturday afternoon, looking as well-groomed as they did before they left their home country.

They wore Portugal flags on their lapels to show their spirit ahead of the highly-anticipated tournament in Russia.

Credit: dailymail

 

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