My Dutch family are proud of my achievements with Nigeria, says Troost-Ekong

Posted On 08 Oct 2020
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Watford defender William Troost-Ekong says he’s proud to represent Nigeria and determined to continue his good form for the country.


Ekong has won 42 international caps for Nigeria since his debut in 2016 and has featured in the Olympics, World Cup, and the African Cup of Nations for the African giants.


The Watford new signing who is in coach Gernot Rohr squad for friendly matches against Algeria on Friday and Tunisia on Tuesday, October 13, previously featured for the Dutch youth sides, before switching allegiance to Nigeria.


Ekong said joining the Nigerian squad is one of his best decisions ever and he added that his Dutch family are proud of his achievements in the colours of his father’s country.



“Even my Dutch family are really proud,” said Troost-Ekong. “It means a lot to them for me to represent such a big nation. It’s massive. Hopefully, I get to do it some more. The last few games, yeah [I’ve been made captain]. I’ve always been quite vocal and a leader in the team. We’ve had some great captains in [Ahmed] Musa, who is still officially our captain, and John Obi Mikel before that. I always try and learn from these guys and push the team in the right direction.”


“It’s a really big thing [for me],” he said. “I started my international career with the Dutch younger teams, but as soon as I heard about Nigeria wanting me to play for them, I jumped at the chance. I’ve never looked back. It was a special moment to play for Nigeria as I know how much it means to the people. I feel it’s my way of giving back to a country that has given me so much.”


Ekong has went on to win bronze at the Olympics in Rio 2016 and also a Bronze medal at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.



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Philomena  Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.