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2010 World Cup: Super Eagles players played with injury – Echiejile

Former Super Eagles defender, Elderson Echiejile has revealed that injuries sustained by players were the main reason behind the team’s poor outing at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Speaking with the Super Eagles media team in an Instagram chat, the 32- year old former Bendel Insurance left-back revealed that he played through injury and it affected his performances during the 2010 World Cup.

“Injury didn’t allow me as a person to really enjoy the tournament but that is football, you just have to accept it and move on which I did.”

The former Monaco man was part of the Super Eagles squad that failed to go past the group stages of the 2010 global football fiesta under the tutelage of Swedish gaffer Lars Lagerback, who was appointed as Shaibu Amodu’s replacement.

Echiejile made two underwhelming appearances in the competition, against Greece and Korea Republic, as the Super Eagles only picked a point in both games.

Echiejile said he struggled with injury during the 2010 World Cup (CREDIT: SOCCERNET)
Echiejile said he struggled with injury during
the 2010 World Cup (CREDIT: SOCCERNET)

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He, however, believed that the Eagles had a fair performance at the competition.

“It’s not easy in the World Cup to play three games but we had a fair tournament.”

The former Rennes star also added that some of his colleagues in the Super Eagles team also played with injury at the competition.

“Most of the players were tired, from one injury to another injury, but at the end of the day, we were able to have a fair tournament”.

Echiejile was also part of Gernot Rohr’s 2018 World Cup squad but never made an appearance in the tournament.

He has 59 caps for Nigeria, was pivotal to Nigeria’s 2013 AFCON triumph under the late Stephen Keshi.

The left-back previously played for Rennes, Monaco and Sporting Braga, and is currently without a club after leaving Finnish side HJK Helsinki last year after playing just 5 games.

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