February 26, 2021

Troost-Ekong: NFF, Caf and Udinese celebrate Super Eagles centre-back at 27

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The football governing bodies and the Stadio Friuli outfit have sent birthday wishes to the defender as he reaches a new age

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and Udinese have celebrated with William Troost-Ekong on his 27th birthday.

The centre-back was born in the Netherlands to a Nigerian father and Dutch mother, Eleanore Troost, in September 1993.

The defender started his football career in England, joining the youth team of Fulham before teaming up with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur’s academy.

After leaving the European country, Troost-Ekong continued his football development with Dutch side Groningen in 2013, during which he also spent time on loan with Dordrecht.

The defender then moved to Belgium in 2015 to join Gent but again spent most part of his stay on loan with Haugesund.

The centre-back signed for Bursaspor in 2017 before teaming up with Udinese following his impressive defensive performances for the Turkish Super Lig side.

Troost-Ekong featured for the Netherlands U19 and U20 sides before switching his allegiance to the Nigeria national team in 2015.

The defender made his debut for the Super Eagles in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad and has now played 42 times for the West Africans.

The NFF, Caf and Udinese have sent heartfelt messages to the Super Eagles vice-captain as he reaches a new age.

Troost-Ekong featured prominently as the West Africans clinched a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The centre-back was part of the Super Eagles team that finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, behind Senegal and champions Algeria.

Troost-Ekong will hope to continue his fine showings for both club and country in the 20220-21 campaign.