* As he makes Cercle Brugge debut
Super Eagles’ left-back Elderson Echiejile is happy to return to the pitch after an injury spell in the past few months made him miss games for the country, reports.
The former As Monaco player, who joined Belgium’s second division toppers Cercle Brugge on loan from Turkey’s Sivaspor on the final day of the winter transfer window, told exclusively that he is happy to be back and relishes the opportunity to wear the Eagles’ jersey against Poland and Serbia next month.
“It feels nice to be back after injury setbacks. I missed the games against Algeria and Argentina, but I’m back now and I want to always give my best for the country.
“The games against Poland and Serbia will be key to our World Cup preparations and I believe this kind of games can help us prepare well ahead of the tournament proper in June,” Echiejile said.
Echiejile further expressed confidence in cementing his left-back role, saying the competition is good for the team and will make the coaches select the best for the World Cup.
“Currently there are three or maybe four left-backs in the team; should I be scared? I don’t think so because this competition for places is a statement that the national team is returning to his glory days,” Echiejile concluded.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles’ defender made his debut for second division side Cercle Brugge in a league game at the weekend. He featured for the entire duration of the encounter against St. Gilloise. He was booked for a foul in the 89th minute of the game.
Echiejile is currently the second most capped player in the present Super Eagles’ squad, having been capped 60 times since making his debut and will no doubt offer quality experience for Nigeria in Russia.