Benfica of Portugal incoming defender, Tyronne Ebuehi has revealed his expectations for the World Cup in Russia, and admits he will love to be part of the Nigerian squad to the global soccer showpiece, where he expects the Super Eagles to excel.
Though Ebuehi opined that it would not be a matter of life-and-death for the Eagles to win their matches in Russia, he acknowledges that any player that makes the final squad would have to justify their inclusion and play well to make Nigeria proud during the competition.
After opting to represent his fatherland, the former Netherlands youth international made his debut for the Super Eagles in a 3-0 win over Togo on June 1.
Although he was part of the squad that secured the country’s sixth World Cup appearance, he is yet to win any competitive cap for the Eagles, after his debut in the November 14 friendly against Argentina, which Nigeria won 4-2 in Krasnodar, Russia.
At ADO Den Haag, Ebuehi has played all 12 games in the Dutch Eredivisie this term and will be looking to help Alfons Groenendijk’s side pick maximum points from the GelreDome when they play Vitesse.
After impressing in the defeat of Argentina, Ebuehi is dreaming of a place in Nigeria squad at the World Cup.
The 21-year-old impressed in his cameo appearance against the Albiceleste and has now set his sights on making the Eagles squad for Russia 2018
The full-back replaced Shehu Abdullahi after the interval as Gernot Rohr’s men overcame a two-goal deficit to secure a 4-2 win over Jorge Sampaoli’s men in a friendly encounter in Krasnodar.
Despite coming up against Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria and AS Roma winger Diego Perotti, Ebuehi gave a solid performance defensively – and was also a reliable offensive outlet, on the right wing.
The Dutch-born player believes he has done enough to convince the Super Eagles’ selectors of his talent of his chances to be in next year’s showpiece in Russia
Ebuehi concluded: “I think it went well, I have a lot of speed and I try to get a lot. I did not contribute that much. I think I left a good impression, it would be nice to be part of that World Cup next year.”
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