Ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena in Ukraine.
Stand-in captain William Troost Ekong has told thenff.com that the boys are rearing to go and expect a tough battle.
“Ukraine is a strong team with a lot of very good players across Europe. I know a few of those in Italy where I play. This game is definitely going to be very tough but we will give our best and also make it very difficult for them. I believe it will be a very good game.” the Udinese defender said.
Nigeria and Ukraine have never met at senior level, but a group phase clash at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland earlier in the summer ended 1-1. Ukraine eventually won the championship.
Italian referee Paolo Valerie will take charge of proceedings at the 31,000 –capacity arena, with his compatriots Alessandro Costanzo and Stefano Alassio assisting, while Ukrainian Vitaliy Romanov will serve as fourth official.