By Sab Ekeh in Bad Tatzmanndsdorf, Austria:
Elderson Echiejile has revealed that he will be prepared to play as a wing-back for the Super Eagles as Gernot Rohr ponders switching to a 3-5-2 formation ahead of their 2018 FIFA World opener against Croatia on the 16th of June, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Echiejile, who came on for Bryan Idowu in Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat to Czech Republic at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium in Austria on Wednesday, told CSN that the team will notdisappoint when they take on Croatia.
“I can play as a left full-back or a left wing-back, as you know football has evolved over time and playing in several positions enhances your versatility in the team,” Echiejile who made his 61st appearance for Nigeria in the defeat told CSN.
“I’m comfortable playing there.
“The game was tough but we will regroup to polish the areas needed to be improved on.
“Either position – as a left-back or a wing-back, that depends on the tactics the manager is deploying for any game.
“I feel we now have a clue on how to face Croatia, looking at their game against Brazil. We won’t disappoint Nigerians in Russia, we just want their full support to ensure we surpass our past achievements at the World Cup.”
Echiejile is also excited he made the final cut for the 2018 FIFA World Cup having missed out on the 2014 World Cup in Russia.
“Most of us were not sure, but I’m happy I made the cut and it’s time to do the nation proud,” he added.
The Super Eagles open their World Cup campaign on 16 June against Croatia.