Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has become the 43rd member of Common Goal, donating one percent of his salary to high impact football-for-good organisations around the world.


Jürgen Griesbeck, Common Goal founder, disclosed in a statement that Troost-Ekong who currently plays for Bursaspor in Turkey, has now joined the likes of Manchester United’s Spain midfielder Juan Mata.


Common Goal is a movement powered by players and managers. Already, 40 players and managers have allocated over 400,000 euros to football-for-good organisations in six months since it started with Mata. Troost-Ekong’s entry has now made it that at least eight players will likely represent Common Goal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.


The 24-year-old Ekong has had a busy past few years, leading to his becoming a crucial part of the Nigeria national team. They went on to win a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and he was nominated for the 2017 African Player of the Year award. In the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group stage, he played every match for the Super Eagles, and he captained the team in their 1-0 friendly victory against Poland on Friday.


“We are delighted that Troost-Ekong is joining Common Goal. Not just because he is a fantastic player, but because he is a fantastic person,” Griesbeck said. “He and all of our players recognise the importance of aligning with a shared vision and using their status as footballers, to make the world a better place.”