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In the Year 1992/1993, 22 teams from the then Football League Broke away to form their own League known as the FA Premier League which is known as The English Premier League Today.
During the Inaugural Season of The Premier League, there were 5 Nigerian Players in the Newly formed league but they did not identify as Nigerian or represent the Nigerian National Team.
They were Paul McGrath whose Father was a Nigerian but he represented his Mother's nation of Republic of Ireland, John Salako who was born in Nigeria but played for the England National team, George Ebialimolisa Ndah who was called up to the Super Eagles Team but injury prevented him from his debut and he was never called again, John Fashanu who had a Nigerian Father but chose to represent the England National team and the late Ugo Ehiogu who had Nigerian parents but also played for the England senior team.
So Efan Ekoku whose full names are Efangwu Goziem Ekoku, was born in Cheetham Hill , Manchester, England to Nigerian Parents on 8 June 1967 is the first Nigerian to Play in the Premier League and also Represent the Nigerian National team.
The forward when he was 23, began his career at the Non-League level when he joined Bournemouth. Before his transfer to the Harry Redknapp's team as at that time he had played for Sutton United where he manged 12 goals in 57 appearances.
His time at Bournemouth came with a return of 21 goals in 62 appearance.
He finally joined Norwich city who were in the Sophomore year of the Newly formed FA Premier League. Where he went on to make 38 appearance and scored 16 goals for the Carrow Road Side.
He arrived at Norwich when they were in the thick of the title race. Efan Ekoku helped his team to a third place finish by scoring three goals in ten games in what was left of that season, and although Norwich were beaten to the title by Manchester United , Ekoku and his teammates had achieved a third-place finish and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
He scored Norwich's first ever goal in European competition, against Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Cup on 15 September 1993, and helped them knock out German giants Bayern Munich in the next round.
He scored four goals as Norwich beat Everton 5–1 at Goodison Park , becoming the first ever player to score more than three goals in a Premier League game.
He later played for Wimbledon making 123 appearances and scoring 37 goals.
He ended his career playing for Ireland club Dublin.
He helped Nigeria to win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.
He currently works with BT Sport as a Commentator for their coverage of Champions League, Europa League , Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.
Efan Ekoku is a Nigerian National Treasure and a Premier League Legend.
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