William Troost-Ekong is hopeful the experience garnered by the Super Eagles squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup will help them compete effectively in the next edition of the Mundial.
Troost-Ekong was an integral part of the the Eagles team as they faced elimination in the group stage of the World Cup, finishing third in Group D with three points.
Speaking to BBC Sport on the performance of the West Africans at the competition, the center back opined that the Eagles lacked the experience to compete at such a ‘high’ level in Russia but will hopefully be ready to soar in Qatar 2022.
“Everyone was just trying to deal with the loss and move on, so it was a quiet dressing room but definitely one that learnt a lot and hopefully formed some players,” Troost-Ekong said.
“This is what you need as a team. When you talk about that Argentinian team, that’s a team that has experienced all levels, Croatia are the same while Iceland have played the Euros together.
“You need a tournament like this just to learn what it is like to play at this level, under this pressure, in front of the whole world.
“Hopefully by the next time we get to a World Cup, and if we can be part of that with all the players (who played in Russia), it will be nothing new to us and it might be easier for us to perform at a higher level.”
Nigeria’s next international game is an AFCON 2019 Qualifier clash against Seychelles on September 7.