AFCON 2019: Ekong Relishes Winning Goal Against South Africa

Following his goal that gave Nigeria her victory against South Africa, Super Eagles player, William Troost-Ekong has said the feat was a “dream moment.”

Nigeria trashed out the Stuart Baxter boys 2-1 yesterday at the Cairo International stadium, Egypt to progress to the semi-final in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019.

Ekong knocked home a corner in the 89th minute as Nigeria advanced to the last four of the competition for the 15th time in 18 appearances.

“I dream about moments like this. To score and for it to be important for the team is amazing,” said Troost-Ekong.

“It’s not my job to score, I’m a defender so I was happy we didn’t give away too many chances. After they scored from a set-piece I thought that I wanted revenge.

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“We were confident we could score again. We didn’t want to go to extra time because we were going to be tired but I think it was the same for South Africa.”

Nigeria, who won the last of their three titles in 2013, will face Algeria or Ivory Coast on Sunday for a place in the July 19 final.

“I think every game is tough now. We’ve seen big teams lose and go out of the tournament so it’s going to be difficult whoever we face,” said Troost-Ekong. “We came here to try and win the trophy.”

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