William Troost-Ekong joins Juan Mata's Common Goal charity

Victor Moses was Eagles match winner vs Poland

The 24-year-old Bursaspor of Turkey defender thus becomes the 43rd member of the Common Goal roster, which includes the likes of Mata, Giorgio Chiellini, Julian Nagelsmann, Kasper Schmeichel, Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa, etc.

Troost-Ekong captained the Super Eagles of Nigeria in an global friendly against Poland at the Stadion Miejski in Wrocław Poland which Nigeria won by a goal to nil courtesy of a Victor Moses 61st minute penalty.

Meanwhile, he is expected to make Gernot Rohr's 23-man squad for the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup staging in Russia this summer. He won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics but hopes to make a greater impression in Russian Federation this summer. He also played in all games as the Super Eagles qualified for the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.

"It was great to see that Brian Idowu at left-back and Francis Uzoho our goalkeeper made their full debut in the game", Troost-Ekong who was part of Nigeria's U-23 side that won bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games stated during a chat with media men after the game.

The 24-year-old considers his obligation to Common Goal as a decisive career moment.

He said: "I'm aware that I'm a role model for children and football fans, and having travelled the world I've seen the impact that we have on people's lives. It's our responsibility, as players, to use that in a positive way".

In a few months, Common Goal aims to allocate €400,000 to 27 football for good organisations tackling social issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender inequality and youth unemployment.

Over the next month, Common Goal hopes to start investing some of the £350,000 raised so far.

Common Goal founder Jürgen Griesbeck expressed his delight with having Ekong aboard.

NAN reports that with new players from all levels of football joining the movement every week, Common Goal is racing towards the 100-player mark in 2018.



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