William Troost-Ekong

Member Since 2018

Since joining Common Goal Udinese player William Troost-Ekong has committed to fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in his native Nigeria.

William reached out through the Common Goal website and joined the movement in March 2018 – also going on to help Nigerian teammate Leon Balogun to join the team.

The defender does not take his position as footballer for granted and is determined to help less privileged people around the world through the collective power of the sport.

"We have the responsibility to help less privileged people around the world. Common Goal is a great way for me to unite with other players who share the same ideas as me to help people"
William Troost-Ekong

William first became aware of the danger of NTDs when he joined the movement and was looking at the different projects around the world that he could partner with.

Since then William has partnered with YEDI (Nigeria) and Espérence (Rwanda) to inform at risk communities about the dangers of NTD's (Neglected Tropical Diseases) which affect 1.7 billion of the world's most impoverished people.

As part of this work he has also worked on a public service health campaign that ran on Nigerian TV to help spread the word that help is available to those affected by NTDs.

Speaking in the March 2020 edition of the Football4Good magazine, William was keen to stress that a key part of the fight against NTDs is the spread of information and that if he could use his platform to help do this he would.

"The whole idea is to raise awareness because the treatment is free but people have to know about the possibility of getting the treatment,” he said.