William Troost-Ekong, Super Eagles defender, has stated that the team’s Round of 16 game against Cameroon on Saturday, is a do or die affair.
The Udinese of Italy defender, said the team’s embarrassing 2-0 defeat to Madagascar last Sunday in their final Group B game, has also provided the extra motivation needed ahead of the clash against the defending champions.
“Everyone was upset about the last game against Madagascar so I think everyone has that extra motivation. It’s do or die because we know we have to do everything to stay in the tournament,” Troost-Ekong told reporters on Friday during a press conference.
“It’s going to be a tough game against Cameroon. We faced them in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they might be out for revenge so we have to be ready for them.”
“We’ve been in this situation before when we’ve lost games when we might have been favourites beforehand. The same thing happened at home versus South Africa at the start of qualifying. Games like that happen.
“I think everyone now has woken up from that game. I don’t think anyone was satisfied from that performance. So we have to be very driven to show Nigeria and Africa that we feel otherwise. If you need motivation for this game you’re probably not in the right mindset. We’re going to be very eager to prove a point.”