Ekong makes Salernitana debut in 1-2 Italian Serie A win over Leece


Nigerian defender William Troost-Ekong made his Salernitana debut in their 1-2 Italian Serie A win over Leece on Friday night.

For a defence that had taken 37 goals in 19 Italian Serie A games, the worst in the league, Salernitana took a stop-gap measure by signing William Troost-Ekong from Watford on a loan deal until the end of the season.

In search of a first win since October 2022, Salernitana manager Davide Nicola named the Super Eagles assistant skipper in his starting XI for the Matchday 20 clash.


William Troost-Ekong Salernitana debut
William Troost-Ekong arrives at the Stadio via del Mare for his Salernitana debut on Friday January 27, 2023.

Salernitana arrived at the Stadio Via del Mare troubled by their disastrous form which saw the club drift towards the relegation zone.

Five minutes into the game, Senegal forward Boualaye Dia opened scoring for Salernitana to register their win-drought ending ambition.

Tonny Vilhena swept home from 12 yards in the 20th minute to make it 2-0 for Salernitana.

Leece will pull one back through Gabriel Steffeza In the 23rd minute to deny Ekong a clean sheet on his Salernitana bow.

The former Watford FC man was at his best to marshal a solid defensive performance and grind out a 1-2 victory for Salernitana.


With their first win since a 1-3 win over Lazio October 2022, Salernitana have moved up to 14th on the log in the Italian Serie A.

The next challenge for Ekong and his Salernitana teammates is a home game vs Juventus at the Stadio Arechi on February 7, 202


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