Media officer of the Super Eagles, Toyin Ibitoye, has spoken about the state of mind of the team's vice-captain, William Troost-Ekong.
In an interview, Ibitoye expressed his confidence that Ekong would be psychologically and mentally ready for Nigeria’s international friendly game against Brazil on October 13 despite the recent controversy surrounding him.
The Udinese defender, Ekong, has been one of the biggest talking points in the Nigerian football space following accusations made by some top NFF officials against him.
Last week, BBC's Osasu Obayiuwana claimed a few top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation had expressed their worries over the 26-year-old, as they feared that he was gradually becoming a disruptive influence on the team.
According to Osasu, one of the officials blamed Ekong's arrogance and disrespect on some of the problems the team had during this summer's Africa Cup of Nations.
But in a chat over the phone with Soccernet.ng, Ibitoye said that the player and the technical crew had moved on from the saga.
“Willaim Troost-Ekong is a big boy and a tough lad. And we have told him not to be bothered about it. Besides, he has moved on from such controversial comments because there is nothing to talk about it. We don’t dwell on what we can’t prove,” Ibitoye said.
“So he’s focused and always in touch with the coaches. He will be playing against Brazil and I just hope there won’t be injuries before the game. So nothing much.
“In the absence of Ahmed Musa, he’s the captain of the team. So nothing to worry about. He has ignored all those reports and moved on with his game.”