William Troost Ekong Shares Respect for Rio Ferdinand After Showing Support for Nigeria at AFCON

William Troost Ekong Shares Respect for Rio Ferdinand After Showing Support for Nigeria at AFCON

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • William Troost-Ekong has reacted to Rio Ferdinand's post
  • Ferdinand has declared his support for Nigeria at AFCON
  • The Super Eagles will face Ivory Coast in the final on Sunday

Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong has shared his admiration for former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

Troost-Ekong has been instrumental for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, leading Nigeria to the final.

Following Nigeria's victory over South Africa in the semi-final on Wednesday, the ex-England international displayed his support for the two-time champions.

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William Troost-Ekong celebrates as Nigeria beat South Africa to reach AFCON final. Credit: @WTroostEkong @rioferdy5
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Ferdinand posted on X, formerly Twitter, a photo of himself holding a Nigerian jersey while adding the colours of the flag.

Troost-Ekong reacted by paying tribute to the legendary centre-back, claiming he would gladly give up his position for his idol.

"One of the few players I would be willing to give my number up for! Legend!," wrote the Super Eagles defender on social media.

The Greece-based defender has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Saudi clubs following his outstanding performances at the tournament in Ivory Coast, according to football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Troost-Ekong and his teammates are preparing for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations against host Ivory Coast on Sunday. The former Watford player scored the winner when the two sides met at the group stage.

Rio Ferdinand shows love for Nigeria

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand joined the Africa Cup of Nations frenzy after celebrating Nigeria's victory over South Africa on Wednesday.

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The Super Eagles defeated Bafana Bafana on penalties to reach the final of the 2023 AFCON after a pulsating game in Bouake.

The three-time champions will now face host nation Ivory Coast in the final in Ebimpe on Sunday.

Troost-Ekong eyes AFCON success

Sports Brief also reported that Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong hopes to win the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria ahead of the final on Sunday.

Both teams, having previously clashed in the group phase, are poised to lay it all on the line on the pitch, fuelled by the heightened stakes of this momentous occasion.

In the lead-up to the final, the talk continues from both teams' camps and the latest to join in on the conversation is Nigeria’s Super Eagles vice-captain, William Troost-Ekong.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.