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“My Career Has Always Been A Testament Of Not Giving Up.” – William Troost-Ekong


In a recent chat with CNN English Sports presenter, Amanda Davies, Super Eagles Captain, William Troost-Ekong, shared how he initially planned to quit playing for the national team before the 2023 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON), which was held in Ivory coast.

He revealed that he was not in talking terms with Super Eagles ex-coach, Jose Peseiro, due to the treatment he received from him after the team failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His words partly;

“It resulted in us not actually speaking for a few months,”

“That was the time where my pride and ego, I think maybe got the better of me. I thought about stopping, thankfully, I’ve got a good group of people around me who took me out of it.”


Recall that at the last Africa Cup Of Nations, Ekong displayed his competence and passion for the game, as he scored three goals at the tournament, taking his total tally at the AFCON to five goals.

He emerged as the best defender in the competition’s history, with the highest goal count and he was voted as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the 2023 AFCON.

Speaking further, he reminisced how he made his debut under the late, Stephen Keshi, and revealed that giving himself a better ending might not be accomplished, if he had Quitted.


In his words;

“It made me think about my younger self and how much it meant and how proud I was to play my first game for Nigeria.

“I deserved to give my younger self a better ending. So that was the thing that changed my mind … I think my career has always been a testament of not giving up.” He said.

Egungwu Chukwuka Benjamin

Egungwu Chukwuka Benjamin also known as, 'Chukaben' is a Nigerian journalist and entertainer. Former reporter Champion Newspaper, Lagos. Paternal SO: Enugu State maternal SO: Anambra State

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