My Argentina performance shows I’m good enough for W’Cup — Ebuehi

Posted on Nov 21 2017 - 8:57pm by admin

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Dutch-born Ado Den Haag right-back Tyronne Ebuehi believes he  has already done enough to convince  Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr that he is worthy of a place  on the plane to Russia for next year’s   World Cup.

The 21-year-old, who made his international debut  in a 3-0 friendly win over Togo on June 1 after switching his allegiance from Holland to Nigeria, was given the opportunity to showcase his talent in the 4-2 defeat of South American giants Argentina in a friendly affair in Krasnodar, Russia, on  November 14.

Ebuehi  came on as the 46th minute replacement for Abdullahi Shehu and stamped his authority on the match within moments of his introduction by nullifying the threat of Paris Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria.

The Haarlem-born defender expressed his delight at having the opportunity of playing against  one of the best players in the world.

“I played against Angel Di Maria, a great player of course, and I cannot quite realise that I can play against him,’’ Ebuehi was quoted by as saying at the weekend.

“Defensively, I stood my ground, and offensively I tried to do as much as possible, and it all went well, I think.”

Now, the player, who has a Nigerian father and a Dutch mother,   says having proved his class  in the clash against the star-studded  Argentine  side, he should be considered for a spot in Rohr’s World Cup squad.

“All of a sudden you play against world stars, normally you see them on TV or you play them with FIFA on the computer,” Ebuehi  was quoted by Dutch outlet NOS as saying on Monday.

He believes his trademark speedy  runs down the right flank, which have helped him cement a regular starting spot at ADO Den Haag,  would help the Eagles in Russia.

“I think it (playing against Argentina) went well, I have a lot of speed and I try to get a lot of the ball,” Ebuehi told   NOS.

“I think I left a good impression, it would be nice, that I play at the World Cup next year.”

The former Young Boys academy player said  fellow  Dutch-born Turkey-based defender William Troost-Ekong played a major role in his decision to choose Nigeria over Holland.

Ebuehi told NOS, ‘‘He (Troost-Ekong) is an international and now plays at Bursaspor. I played well at ADO and he approached me. I was shocked by (a call from Rohr).”

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