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Troost-Ekong & Awaziem Central Defence Partnership Thrills Gernot Rohr

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Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr is a big admirer of the blossoming partnership between William Troost-Ekong and Chidozie Awaziem in the central defence of the Nigerian team.

The duo were picked as central defence pair for the Eagles friendly game against Corsica, and their partnership endured goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa had little to do, and only conceded via the spot following a handball incident in the box.

Rohr has maintained the partnership in subsequent training session and in yesterday’s 9 aside game, they lined up alongside each other although lost to the super power of an Alex Iwobi inspired team.

They will most likely pair again when Nigeria take on Togo in tomorrow’s friendly, which will serve as the final preparatory test match before their AFCON 2019 Qualifiers against South Africa in Uyo.

Gent’s Troost-Ekong has been ever present since Rohr took over as coach of the team, while Awaziem who plays for FC Porto is yet to make his official debut for Nigeria, but has been part of the squad thrice since the appointment of the Franco-German coach.

Michael James