Ama-Super Eagles nemidlalo yobungani eMelika

Dylan Bettencourt

Abalandeli bakanobhutshuzwayo base-Nigeria basalulama ngemuva kobuhlungu benhliziyo obuphindwe kabili bokuphuma masishane kwi-Africa Cup of Nations (i-Afcon) nokuhluleka ukungena kwiNdebe yoMhlaba yalo nyaka.

Ama-Super Eagles awakwazanga ukunyukela phezulu eminyakeni edlule kanti sekucacile ukuthi iqembu lidinga ukwakha kabusha kusuka phansi.

Ukaputeni waleli qembu uWilliam Troost-Ekong, ukholelwa ekutheni lolu hlelo luzoqala ukusebenza uma sebebhekene ne-Mexico kanye ne-Ecuador eMelika.

“Kuhle ukuba nale midlalo yobungani emibili emihle kakhulu. Kusobala ukuthi sisalulama ekutheni siphuthelwe yiNdebe yoMhlaba,” kusho uTroost-Ekong etshela i-BBC Sport.

“Kuhle ukudlala namazwe amabili aphezulu ebholeni ngoba awuhlobo lwamaqembu aphikisayo ebesingathanda ukudlala nawo uma silungiselela i-Qatar.”

Kodwa-ke, abake babangompetha base-Afrika sebebheke isipiliyoni imidlalo yobungani emibili ezobanika sona njengendlela yokufuna ukuthuthuka eqenjini futhi bagweme ukuphinda ukuhluleka kwakamuva.

“Sikubheke ngabomvu futhi sijabule ngokudlala le midlalo yobungani esezingeni. Sikubheke ngabomvu ukuqala umkhankaso omusha wokukhohlwa ngeNdebe yoMhlaba njengoba i-Nations Cup kuyinto esigxile kuyona kuphela manje,” kwengeza uTroost-Ekong.

Laba abawina i-Afcon amahlandla amathathu abakamtholi umuntu ozovala isikhala somqeqeshi ngemuva kokuthi inhlangano yebhola e-Nigeria ixoshe u-Augustine Eguavoen.

Ama-Super Eagles anethemba lokuthi azobe enomqeqeshi omusha kule midlalo yobungani.

“Ngokufika komqeqeshi omusha kuzoba yithuba lakhe lokubona ubuso obusha futhi abusebenzise ukwakha kabusha iqembu ngaphambi kwemidlalo yethu ebaluleke kakhulu yokuhlungela i-Nations Cup,” kwengeza lo mdlali wasemuva we-Watford.

I-Nigeria izobhekana ne-Mexico ngomhlaka-28 kuNhlaba e-Texas bese idlulela e-New Jersey lapho ezobhekana khona ne-Ecuador.

Yomibili le midlalo izoba ngeyokuzilungiselela ngaphambi kokuthi baqale uhambo lwabo lokuhlungela ukuya kwi-Afcon yango-2023, ezoba e-Ivory Coast.

Umthombo wesithombe: @TheAthletic

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