On the eve of the biggest celebration in world football, Nigeria star William Troost-Ekong has kicked-off a World Cup fund-raising campaign by the football movement Common Goal.
William is one of 50 football players so far to have pledged 1% of their salaries to high-impact football charities around the world as part of Common Goal. The Super Eagles defender is the first member of the Common Goal team to announce the campaign, with other players set to follow throughout the tournament. He would like to raise the sum of €5,000, but the collective aim is to raise the lofty figure of €250,000 before the World Cup ends on July 15th.
Wiliam’s announcement also marks the first time that football fans from around the world have the chance to participate in the Common Goal movement via the new website – www.common-goal.org/worldcup.
“In a few short days, I will step onto the pitch in green and white to play in my first World Cup tournament for the Nigerian National Team,” said William. “It is an incredible honour and responsibility. During this World Cup tournament, myself and other members of the Common Goal team will be hosting fundraisers to support football for good organisations and we have a goal of raising €250,000 as a team during the World Cup. Together I think we can do it!”
Fans in some countries, not including Nigeria, can donate directly through the player’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/WTroostEkong – while Nigeria-based fans can connect directly through Common Goal’s website – www.common-goal.org/worldcup.
Common Goal started with a single player, Juan Mata, in August 2017 and has currently raised over €700,000 for football charities all over the world.