Concise News reports that the Udinese defender pounced on a Simon Moses corner to net a late winner for the Super Eagles at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday night.
Troost-Ekong took to Twitter afterwards to show his satisfaction.
He writes: “NAIJA SPIRIT!!! Thank God for the winning goal!”
🇳🇬🦅 NAIJA SPIRIT!!! Thank God for the winning goal! pic.twitter.com/Z3ItxHaf1j
— William Troost-Ekong (@WTroostEkong) July 10, 2019
Speaking to the press after the game, the 25-year-old says: “I dream about moments like this. To score and for it to be important for the team is amazing.
“It’s not my job to score, I’m a defender so I was happy we didn’t give away too many chances. After they scored from a set-piece I thought that I wanted revenge.
“We were confident we could score again. We didn’t want to go to extra time because we were going to be tired but I think it was the same for South Africa.”
Nigeria will face Algeria or Ivory Coast on Sunday for a place in the July 19 final. And Troost-Ekong feels no game is easy.
“I think every game is tough now. We’ve seen big teams lose and go out of the tournament so it’s going to be difficult whoever we face,” says Troost-Ekong.
“We came here to try and win the trophy.”