EXTRA TIME: William Troost-Ekong joins Juan Mata’s Common Goal project

The Nigeria international pledged to support football-based charities around the world with a percentage of his salary

Bursaspor defender William Troost-Ekong has joined Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity.

The Super Eagles centre-back becomes the 43rd member to sign up for the global initiative and donate 1% of his salary to the project.

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Common Goal was co-founded by Manchester United’s Juan Mata in August 2017 as a movement of football players, managers and supporters who share a mission to change the game for good.

And the 24-year-old who captained Nigeria to a 1-0 victory over Poland on Friday is delighted to link up with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin and footballers including Mats Hummels, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Vero Boquete, Serge Gnabry, Shinji Kagawa and coach Julian Nagelsmann in the project team.