World Cup 2018: I feel proud to represent Nigeria - Troost-Ekong

Author: Bernard Neequaye
William Troost-Ekong (right) in a tussle for the ball with Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain

 

Nigeria's Bursaspor defender, William Troost-Ekong, has described his decision to represent the West African nation as a proud moment despite failing to make the knockout stage of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Troost-Ekong, a Netherlands-born of Nigeria descent said he felt grateful and humbled to play for the Super Eagles in this year's global showpiece which saw his country bow out after losing 1-2 to Nigeria.

Nigeria failed to hold on to a draw which could have seen them progressed ahead of Argentina after a last minute goal by Marcos Rojo sent them parking.

But in a tweet today, the Turkey-based defender who was instrumental in the Nigerian set-up noted that he was emotional and couldn't describe in words how he felt playing for the Super Eagles.

"Hard to describe in words how that felt. It was an emotional rollercoaster. I’m grateful and proud to have represented Nigeria and all Nigerians at this World Cup. But most of all I am humbled and thank God for bringing me this far," the tweet said.

Born to a Dutch mother and a Nigerian father, Troost Ekong, was eligible to play for either country but opted for the latter and has been playing for the Super Eagles since 2015 when he featured in an AFCON qualifier against Chad.