Nigeria and Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong has said that choosing Nigerian to represent the Super Eagles has been to his great advantage and benefit.
The 25-year-old Ekong was born in Haarlem, Netherlands to a Dutch mom and Nigeria father, made his Super Eagles debut on 13 June 2015 in a 2-0 win over Chad.
"I think the decision to play for Nigeria has to be the best ever for me," Troost-Ekong told BBC Sport.
Ekong, with 30 appearances for Le Zebrette in Serie A this season, also played in all of Nigeria’s successful 2019 AFCON qualification games.
"We have some amazing and talented players in Nigeria and to get a chance to play for a great country like ours is an honour and immense privilege.
"You cannot force anyone to choose Nigeria, you must love the country and be committed to it or you don't brother.
"Personally, I will be grateful for the opportunity and everything Nigeria has given to my career.
"I've fulfilled some dreams by playing at the Olympic Games and on the biggest stage [World Cup] in Russia, now I look forward to living another dream by playing at the Africa Cup of Nations.
"I couldn't see too far ahead but I couldn't have imagined all of that is happening in my career now at a young age.
"But here I am and it's thanks to hard work, the coaches, our fans and my teammates who have all been supportive,” Ekong concluded.