By MADUABUCHI KALU
Newly capped Super Eagles defender, Tyronne Ebuehi has opened up on how he was approached by the country’s football governing body the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to represent the country rather than his country of birth, Netherland.
Speaking after another impressive performance by the Ado Den Haag in Eredivisie last weekend, Ebuehi revealed for the first time that Troost Ekong acted as go-between for the Nigerian Football Federation and Manager Gernot Rohr.
“Troost Ekong is an international and now plays for Bursaspor and he plays well for Ado Den Haag and he approached me and I was shocked.
“Why do they want a right-back from Ado Den Haag?Where there are footballers who play in the top leagues in the world,” queried Ebuehi.
“All of a sudden you play against world stars. Normally you see them on TVs or play with them with FIFA on the computer. I am so excited that Nigeria gave me overtures and I will handle everything with both hands,” Ebuehi said.
Ebuehi it is recalled debuted for Nigeria in the friendly against La Albiceleste of Argentina in Russia. His introduction in the second half alongside Brain Idowu and Francis Uzoho totally changed the complexion of the Grade A against Argentina as the Gernot Rohr boys demystified the two time world champions who had scored two goals within the first 36 minutes.
It was Kelechi Iheanacho’s superb free-kick at the dying minutes of the first that ensured that Eagles ended the first half with a goal deficit. The second was used by Eagles to send a signal to the South American nay the world as to what to expect from Nigeria at the Mundial next year.