Nigerian midfielder, John Ogu, has defended his national teammate over allegations that he is a disruptive influence on the team.
Yesterday, BBC’s Osasu Obayiuwana took to his Twitter page to share details of some of his interviews with top NFF officials whom he alleged are angry with the Dutch-born Nigerian International.
According to Osasu, the unnamed officials are displeased with the Udinese defender because of his unruly behaviour towards them as well as for being a disruptive influence in the Super Eagles camp during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Although Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, has come out in defense of his player, it did not stop the matter from being heavily talked about by Nigerian football fans.
”I have not had any complaints about Troost-Ekong, so I am surprised to hear them from you. I have never had any problems with William," the German tactician said of the player when the matter was brought to his attention.
The vast majority of commentators on social media and elsewhere are of the opinion that Osasu shared those tweets for clout, while others have asked him to name the NFF officials and technical crew members to validate his story.
There's also the small minority who think the NFF officials are just trying to attack Ekong because he probably refused to massage their ego.
But now, Ekong's national teammate and close pal, John Ogu, has come out to refute those claims while also stating authoritatively that the 26-year-old is one of the most well-behaved members of the team.
"@WTroostEkong worked real hard to be where he is today. Came into the Super Eagles with that mentality of him being a Naija boy. From the first day till the day against Tunisia at AFCON I was with him, nothing has changed about his HUMILITY," Ogu wrote on his Twitter timeline.
"When it comes to news about the @NGSuperEagles and @thenff, I promise to use my platform to address it. I don’t care what y’all think about it all. @WTroostEkong was never and will never do what he was accused of. This boy wants to be the best and win games for our nation.
"How people come up and talk negative about a very decent and loyal player like @WTroostEkong baffles me. This boy is one of the very respectable players in the @NGSuperEagles @thenff . A loyal servant and a guy who always wants to learn and be the best."