The Super Eagles are Nigeria’s most recognisable team. No sporting brand is more marketable or uniting in West Africa’s most populous nation. A country rich in diversity, the loyalty of Nigerian fans cuts across the board from top European clubs to local sides. Yet these fans all cheer one team: the Super Eagles.
The Eagles have a winning legacy. Aside from three continental titles, they’ve appeared in every World Cup since 1994 bar 2006. As is the case with any football team, players come and go. There’s a new crop tasked with making their country proud at the World Cup in Russia.
The competition for places in the final squad that travels to Russia is fierce. To earn their place players must prove their mettle to Gernot Rohr in the Super Eagles’ friendlies against Poland and Serbia.
Rohr has handed invitations to 28 players. Five at least will not take their opportunity lightly.
In some ways Ebuehi is reminiscent of Dele Alli. Like the Spurs star he was born in Europe to a Nigerian father and a European mother. Alli’s mother is English, Tyronne’s Dutch. Similar to Alli, Ebuehi initially declined the call to play for his fatherland. Unlike the former MK Dons midfielder, who went on to swear allegiance to England, Tyronne changed his mind and heeded Nigeria’s call in March 2017.
The Haarlem-born defender regularly features for ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie. With the Eagles he has more to prove. The right-back position is currently synonymous with the meticulous Shehu Abdullahi.