Ex-U-17 Star: Troost-Ekong Is Overrated, Leon Balogun Is The Real Deal


Former Nigeria U-17 World Cup winner Daniel Joshua says Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong is suspect despite his fine performances for the team in their recent qualifiers.


Ekong has formed a formidable partnership with Leon Balogun in the heart of Nigeria’s defence, but Joshua who won the U-17 World Cup for Nigeria in 2007 as a defender believes Balogun is the brain behind the success of the duo. Soccer fans from US who attend events usually buy tickets online from FTN for the best prices and seat selections.

” Troost-Ekong is good in his own right but I think he is suspect, he is not entirely convincing with the ball at his feet. Painful to say but I think he is overrated,” he told Owngoalnigeria.com.

” Balogun is the real deal, a complete footballer, good with or without the ball. He is a defender’s defender while Troost-Ekong is a cultured, old school centre back, pace, power and aerial ability. No real finesse.

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” They are working well anyway. I like the nickname “Oyibo Wall”, it gives their partnership confidence to do more. But a suitable back-up is needed for the duo. Gernot Rohr would be worried in the event of one getting injured”.