Central defender William Troost-Ekong has praised his Super Eagles teammates after they drew 1-1 with Brazil in an international friendly at the Singapore National Stadium on Sunday.
Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles had given an exciting peek into their future with a brilliant first half against Ukraine in a September friendly game that ended in a 2-2 draw. That first half which Rohr said was the best performance of his Super Eagles career showed the young XI in their brilliant best, especially in attack.
Next was another friendly game, this time against five-time world champions Brazil with their best players. It was a perfect opportunity to see how the new-look Super Eagles would look against top opposition as Neymar, Roberto Firmino, Casimiro, Ederson, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Gabriel Jesus, Dani Alves all lined up in a full-strength Brazil team.
Against the run of play, the Super Eagles took the lead in the Joe Aribo in the 38th minute. Victor Osimhen got the ball out wide and managed to find Moses Simon who kept possession to lay for an onrushing Aribo who dribbled past Silva before smashing past Ederson.
It was a fantastic goal for Aribo who has taken to life in the Super Eagles like a duck to water. That was his second goal in two games for the Super Eagles and just like he did against Ukraine, it was timely run into the box that put him in the right position to get the ball.
The second half started like the first ended with Brazil in control. Just three minutes after recess, they got their equaliser
Marquinhos got his head on a corner but his effort crashed against the post. Casimiro was quick to pounce on the loose ball to score.
“🇳🇬🦅 Great fight from the boys to get the draw against Brazil tonight. #NaijaSpirit,” the Udinese central defender Tweeted.