Nigeria will play Seychelles on September 8 and Libya on October 13, in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers; defender, William Troost-Ekong supposes it will be a hard two months for the three-time African champions.

Ekong revealed this in a question and answer session with nff.com.

The 25-year-old recently joined Italian club, Udinese, and he says the move is helping him become a better defender.

“It has pulled me out of my comfort zone again and I feel like I’m already making some good progress since my arrival, but I’m only just getting started,” he said about the move to Italy.

Super Eagles regroup for the first time since the World Cup. He believes the early ouster at Russia 2018 will spur them to make the African Cup in Cameroon.

“I still look back with pride about the team because our outing in Russia has definitely made us hungrier to qualify for the 2019 AFCON and to go all the way there.

“My big aim is to win something with the Super Eagles. I am really looking forward to that.”

On the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, he added: “I think we have demonstrated now that when Nigeria plays at its best there aren’t many teams we have to fear.

“But it will be a hard job in the next two months and I know the boys and staff are taking these games very serious. But of course, I believe if we perform at our optimum, we will garner the points from the remaining matches and qualify for the final tournament.”

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