Super Eagles vice captain William Troost-Ekong has apologised for the team’s failure to beat Ghana and secure qualification to FIFA World Cup set to take place in Qatar this November.
Nigeria had played out a goalless draw with the Black Stars in Kumasi last Friday. However, on Tuesday night in Abuja the team crashed out on away goal rule following a one-all draw.
Troost-Ekong said in an apology uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday that the team gave “everything possible” but “it wasn’t meant to be.”
“To all Nigerians, on behalf of the team, we want to apologise for not securing the World Cup ticket,” he said.
The Watford defender added, “First and foremost, as Nigerians, we share your emotions and we take our responsibility as a group.
“We sincerely thank the Nigerian fans for their overwhelming support, the NFF President who did everything possible to make the qualification happen and of course the Minister.”
Troost-Ekong promised that although it is a “bitter pill to swallow” the team would be back “better and stronger.”