Ahead of the Super Eagles clash with Ecuador, stand-in captain Troost-Ekong believes that the team were unlucky to lose to El Tri of Mexico after a brilliant second half display.

Francis Uzoho kept Nigeria in the game in the first half after a rampaging display by the El Tri and only managed to concede 1 goal.

Early on in the second half, a brilliant cross from Calvin Bassey was met by a stunning header from Europa Conference League top scorer, Dessers to make the scoreline even.

However, an unfortunate owngoal from William Troost-Ekong as he tried to clear a cross was the difference between the sides in Sunday’s clash.

The Super Eagles will now play Ecuador and Troost-Ekong believes they’re better acclamatized to the environment and timezone now to defeat the Ecuadorians.

Ekong told NFF: “We were unhappy to have lost to Mexico because everyone worked very hard,

“The issues of long travel and little time to adapt to the new zone affected us all in the first half, but we created a raft of chances in the second half and were unlucky to have lost.

“Nevertheless, we have taken on board a lot of lessons from the game, and they will be quite useful in subsequent matches.”

The Super Eagles will be looking to change their fortune against Ecuador and stop the losing streak.