Super Eagles defender William Troost Ekong has been handed his debut by manager of Gent Hein Vanhaezebrouck as he will start in tonight clash against Charleroi.
Troost Ekong rejoined the team this January after a loan spell in Norway with FK Haugesund, where he rose to the rank of captain of the team and subsequently broke into the senior Nigeria national team.
He will start in a back three alongside Nana Asare and Stefan Mitrovic with Lovre Kalinic starting as the deepest of the four defenders lined up by coach Vanhaezebrouck .
Vanhaezebrouck also handed a competitive debut to new Nigerian recruit Samuel Kalu who joined the team from Slovakian side AS Trencin during the January transfer window.
Kalu starts as a part of a front three comprising of Super Eagles forward Moses Simon, who will start from the left flank as Darko Bjedov is selected to lead the line for Gent.
Meanwhile Super Eagles midfielder Anderson Esiti was named on the bench but there was no place in the match day squad for the other Nigerian at the club Rabiu Ibrahim.