By Johnny Edward:
Elderson Echiejile says he has never felt stronger, fitter and more confident with the Super Eagles as he targets a second World Cup finals appearance in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Super Eagles defender, 30, made five appearances for the Super Eagles during the qualifying series as they qualified for their sixth FIFA World Cup in Russia where they will face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.
The AS Monaco defender who missed out on the last edition of the World Cup in Russia due to an injury said that the team’s training is gradually gaining momentum in Uyo.
“I’m having a great time here, working hard ahead of the World Cup,” Echiejile, who has battled with injuries while on loan at Belgian second division club Cercle Brugge, told CSN.
“Making the final squad will banish the horror of missing out on the World Cup in 2014.”
Referring to Nigeria’s forthcoming friendly against DR Congo in Port Harcourt, Echiejile said: “These friendlies will put us in competitive edge ahead of the first World Cup game.
“Congo are no pushovers, just like other teams we will face.
“They have great players and that’s important. We lost to them in Belgium two years ago and it will be nice to pay them back in their coin when we meet.
“We are looking forward to the game.”
Nigeria will also face England and Czech Republic in their remaining two friendlies before the World Cup.