Williams Troost-Ekong names favourite defensive pairing in the Super Eagles!

Super Eagles and Udinese defender : Williams Troost-Ekoong has played with quite a number of center backs since he made his debut for the team in an AFCON qualifiers on the 13th of June 2015.

Williams Troost-Ekoong,  born in the Netherlands, has played with the likes of Chidozie Awaziem, Kenneth Omeruo, John Ogu and of recent, Semi Ajayi in the center back position but prefers to pair with German born defender: Leon Balogun.

The “Oyinbo Wall” became popular in the Nigerian football parlance as coach Gernot Rohr used the duo in most of his matches between 2018 and the start of 2019  until Leon Balogun fell out of favour at Brighton.

In his words:

There have been many different partnerships I have played with. Again over the last five years, the games I have played, most of them with Leon,” said Ekong.

“He has been very good, I think we have good understanding. Leon has more experience, he came one year before I played my first game for the Super Eagles.

Troost-Ekoong-Leon Balogun

“He is like a big brother to me and it has been good playing with him, I have learnt a lot from him as well.

“It always makes it easier when you have the same kind of mentality because you can understand each other well and you make good decisions together.”
Ekong has two goals in 42 appearances for the Super Eagles and has captained the side post 2019 AFCON.

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