Super Eagles’ Ekong reveals he suffers from arachnophobia

I fear spiders, says Ekong

Super Eagles stand-in captain, William Troost-Ekong has revealed his greatest fear is spider (Arachnophobia)

Arachnophobia is the Fear of spiders becoming a phobia when it consumes your thoughts, interferes with your daily activities and keeps you from socializing with your family and friends. 

The Watford defender stated this in a video shared on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Twitter handle while answering some questions.

“My only fear and probably ashamed of is spider. I am not scared about any other thing in life,” he said.

He also said his favourite documentary ‘How it is made’ on the Discovery channel.

Ekong eventually made his debut for the Super Eagles on 13 June 2015 against Chad in an Africa Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifying match.

After that, Troost made a World Cup appearance for Nigeria in Gernot Rohr’s 23-man squad in June for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.

He was once again called upon in June 2019 to represent Nigeria for the Africa Cup of Nations. It was at this tournament that William scored an 89th-minute winner against South Africa to send the Super Eagles through to the semi-finals on the way to a third-place finish.

He also featured in the 35-man provisional squad (Nigeria’s under-23 team) for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics and also played in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Troost-Ekong’s senior career began in the Netherlands with FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht, but at youth level, he did that in England for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.

Afterwards, he moved abroad and signed for Belgian club KAA Gent in July 2015 and was immediately loaned out to Norwegian club FK Haugesund.

Two years after, Troost-Ekong signed for Turkish Süper Lig club Bursaspor.

Ekong only used about a year there before joining Italian Serie A club Udinese. He is now with English side, Watford.