Like Manchester United’s Juan Mata, Nigeria defender, William Troost-Ekong, has also joined Common Goal – the movement powered by players and managers donating one percent of their salary to high impact football for good organisations around the world. The Super Eagles player who is currently with Bursapor in Turkey, has become the 43rd member of the organisation.
40 players and managers have allocated over €400,000 to football for good organisations in six months since starting with a single player, Manchester United and Spain midfielder Juan Mata. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer, Common Goal looks likely to be represented by at least eight players.
The 24-year old defender has had a busy past few years. He was a crucial part of the Nigeria national team as they won a Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and was nominated for the 2017 African Player of the Year for his efforts. In the 2018 World Cup qualification group stage Troost-Ekong played every match for the Eagles. He captained the team in their 1-0 friendly victory against Poland on Friday, March 23.
“Winning the bronze medal for Nigeria at the 2016 Olympics and qualifying for the World Cup were both massive moments for me,” said Troost-Ekong. “However I’m hoping to outdo both of those this summer at the World Cup.”
Born in the Netherlands in 1993 to a Dutch mother and Nigerian father, Troost-Ekong has already played in England, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Turkey and considers his commitment to Common Goal as a decisive career moment.
“I’m aware that I’m a role model for children and football fans, and having travelled the world I’ve seen the impact that we have in people’s lives. It’s our responsibility, as players, to use that in a positive way.”
Troost-Ekong’s commitment to Common Goal comes just as the movement prepares to invest funds generated by player pledges for the first time. Next month will see €400,000 allocated to 27 football for good organisations tackling some of the toughest social issues of our time – ranging from HIV/AIDS, to gender inequality and youth unemployment.
“We are delighted that William is joining Common Goal. Not just because he is a fantastic player, but because he is a fantastic person,” said Jürgen Griesbeck, Common Goal founder. “William and all of our players recognise the importance of aligning behind a shared vision and using their status as footballers, to make the world a better place.”
With new players from all levels of football joining the movement every week, Common Goal is racing towards the 100 player mark in 2018.
In the coming weeks Common Goal is set to announce how football fans, and other stakeholders in the game, from around the world can participate in the biggest movement in football.
PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED MEMBERS
Alberto Prada Vega (Wiener Neustadt), Aleksander Čeferin (UEFA), Alex Jason Brosque (Sydney FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Alexander Esswein (Hertha BSC), Alfie Mawson (Swansea City), Ana Cate (Stjarnan), Bokang ‘Lefty’ Mothoana (Kick4Life), Borja Lasso de la Vega Gayán (CA Osasuna), Bruno Saltor (Brighton & Hove Albion FC), Charlie Daniels (AFC Bournemouth), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Daniel Didavi (VfL Wolfsburg), David Accam (Philadelphia Union), Dennis Aogo (VfB Stuttgart), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland FC), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus Turin), Giuliano Modica (FC Kaiserslautern), Hasan Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbahce SK), Heather O’Reilly (Arsenal FC), Irene Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Jean Sseninde (Crystal Palace), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Julian Nagelsmann (1899 Hoffenheim), Kasper Hjulmand (FC Nordsjaelland), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City), Mats Hummels (FC Bayern Munich), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Nicole Regnier (Junior de Barranquilla), Olga García (FC Barcelona), Pauline Bremer (Manchester City), Runar Alex Runarsson (FC Nordsjaelland), Sebastian Plog (BW Lohne), Serge Gnabry (1899 Hoffenheim), Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Sofie Junge Pedersen (Levante UD), Tessel Middag (Manchester City), Vero Boquete (Beijing BG), William Troost-Ekong (Bursapor).
ABOUT COMMON GOAL
Common Goal is a global movement in which the football community pledges a minimum of 1% of its earnings to football for good organisations that use the game to advance the Global Goals. Common Goal is the creation of streetfootballworld, the international leader in football for good. Over the past 15 years, the organisation has assembled a global network of more than 120 football-based organisations that use football as a tool to tackle social issues ranging from gender equality in India to peace building in Colombia to refugee integration in Germany. streetfootballworld supports Common Goal’s members by aligning their donations with social initiatives that generate the greatest impact around the world.
www.common-goal.org | www.streetfootballworld.org