Williams Troost-Ekong is a Nigerian professional footballer with mixed parentage of an Akwa Ibom father and a Dutch mother, Eleanor Troost. Born September 1st, 1993 in Haarlem, Netherlands, he represented the Dutch teams at various age grades before choosing to represent Nigeria at senior international level.
He started out his career at FC Groningen in 2013 in the Netherlands before going on to ply his trade at various other clubs around Europe. Last season, he was on the books of Udinese Calcio in Italy until this summer where he moved on to English Championship side, Watford.
He made his Super Eagles debut in 2015 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Chad. He has gone on to represent Nigeria 42 times since then and was selected for Nigeria’s Under 23 team to the Rio Olympics in 2016 while also making the roster for Nigeria’s team to the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup. In June 2019, he also made the team for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt where the team ended with the bronze medal. He has famously admitted that representing Nigeria is his best decision ever and is currently assistant captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Williams Troost-Ekong is from Ikot Abasi local government area of Akwa Ibom State.