Super Eagles and Udinese defender William Troost Ekong was full of excitement after he played an active role in Udinese 2-1 over table topper Juventus, OJB Sport reports.
Udinese on Thursday night rallied back from a goal down and shocked table topper Juventus and delayed their tie celebrations.
“I am very happy because these are 3 very heavy points and because I believe that nobody would have bet on us before the game.
They came here to celebrate and this charged us before the game, today we played with personality and we deserved to win.
I better as a central? Yes, I played in the middle for two years but after the lockdown the coach wanted to move me to the right.
Obviously he decides how we get on the field but I think that from the central defense I can be more useful to the team.
Disqualification? In my opinion it was not a foul so heavy as to be a warning but I have faith in the team and I know they can do it even without me.
On the other hand, I hope I can help them in the match against Lecce “, he told Udinese TV.
After playing football at youth level in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, Troost-Ekong began his senior career in the Netherlands with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht.
Ekong signed for Belgian club KAA Gent in July 2015 and was immediately loaned out to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.
In July 2017, Troost-Ekong signed for Turkish Süper Lig club Bursaspor.
On 17 August 2018, Troost-Ekong joined Italian Serie A club Udinese.
Troost-Ekong made 35 league appearances, and was booked 4 times, in his debut season in the Serie A, helping Udinese to a respectable 12th position.
He made his senior international debut for Nigeria on 13 June 2015, playing 90 minutes in an AFCON qualifier against Chad
He made three starts for the senior team in 2016 before being selected by Nigeria’s under-23 team in their 35-man provisional squad for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.
In June 2018 he was named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In June 2019, he was named in the country’s 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.