Premier League Promotion Excites Super Eagles’ Troost-Ekong

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Super Eagles and Watford defender William Troost-Ekong has said promotion to the Premier League is up there as one of the absolute highs of a career that has included top-flight Italian football, the World Cup, the Olympics and the African Cup of Nations.

Ekong said it would have been better to have had the fans in the stands celebrating with them.

“It’s amazing. I can’t really put words to it now,” an excited Troost-Ekong said after Watford beat Millwall 1-0 to win automatic promotion back to the Premier League.“It’s one of the best days in my life and in my career so far. We worked so hard for it and now we’ve done it, so I’m really pleased for all the boys.”

“Credit to everyone from the backroom staff, to the media staff, to the manager, to all the physios, to the owner, to everyone. It’s amazing and it’s been a team effort. This day would’ve been complete if we had a full stadium, because it would’ve been a special day.” 

Watford players and staff celebrate promotion to the English Premier League

“It might not have been the prettiest football today, but I don’t think anybody will have cared. The three points are all that mattered and we managed to do it,” Troost-Ekong added.

“We can still hear the fans [outside the stadium]. We went out to see them, which was amazing. A lot of the time when you have a relegation it’s difficult to pick yourselves up.”

“Everyone at the club did amazing to give us the best chance and now we’re here, so we’re all really happy,” Ekong said.

“The exciting bit of all of this is that next year we should be able to get fans in the Premier League and it will have been like we never left.”

 

Chidi Nwoke/ScoreNigeria.

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