We Want To Win Sao Tome To Welcome Our New Sports Minister – Troost-Ekong

Super Eagles captain William Troost-Ekong on Thursday assured Nigerians that the three-time African champions will go all out for a victory over Sao Tome and Principe on Sunday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo as a welcome gift for Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh.

The new Sports Minister since assuming office a couple of weeks ago, has been involved in matters concerning the Super Eagles, as he met with the leadership of the NFF to agree to a contract extension for Head Coach Jose Peseiro.

“Yes, we have already qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, but we want to win this match for a number of reasons. We have a new Minister of Sports Development who has hit the ground running. It is good to welcome him with a great win.

“We also need to sustain a winning mentality ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in November. So, we are not going to be taking this game as a dead-rubber or whatever people choose to call it. It is another important match as far as we’re concerned.”

Nigeria have already qualified for the 2023 AFCON which will hold in Cote d’Ivoire next year. They also lead Group A with 12 points, two ahead of second-placed Guinea Bissau and aim to win the group after this weekend’s final-day games.

The Djurtus of Guinea Bissau play host to third-placed and already-eliminated Sierra Leone in Bissau, and a win will take them to 13 points.

Victory for the Super Eagles in Uyo will move them to 15 points and top of the table no matter what happens in Bissau.

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