Does the name 'Efangwu Goziem Ekoku' sound familiar to you? It should, if you've been following the English Premier League for a very long time. He is a retired Nigerian footballer, who played mainly as a striker. But he made most of his exploits at club level, in the Premier League, as he only played six matches at international level.
Photo credit: Google Lets take a look at the top 10 highest goalscoring Africans in the history of the English Premier league. 10) Efan Ekoku Nationality: Nigeria Status: Retired This name might be relatively unknown to many of us, but Nigerian striker Efan Ekoku is one of the highest scoring African in the English Premier league.
Scoring a perfect hat-trick requires a player to not just score three goals in a match but to be able to score each of the three goals with their head, left foot and right foot. This could be a difficult thing to achieve in a match but there are players who were able to achieve that feat despite all the odds.
Photo Credit: NigerianEye Since the inception of the English Premier League era in 1992, (now over) 42 Nigerian players have strutted their stuff in the top tier of English football, according to the Premier League's official website. Surprisingly, more than any other African country!
Nigerian international players have shown how good they are, not just in lower divisions, but also in higher division and top leagues.
Nigerian footballers have been important and integral part of European football making waves in different top European leagues across the continent of the world. The main focus here is the English Premier League which unarguably the most competitive among all other top leagues in Europe. In the competition, several Nigerian players have played at the optimal level and some are still currently making their impacts felt by building legacies to be followed by others.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday took a bold step to fulfill 27-year old promise made by federal government to all players that participated in the 1994 African Cup of Nations hosted by Tunisia. The president announced that his administration has approved the allocation of 3-bedroom houses to the 1994 African Cup of Nations winning Super Eagles Team that made the country proud at the tournament.
Nigerians in the past years have made their mark in England playing in the English Premier League.From the days of Efan Ekoku to Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Okocha and even Yakubu Aiyegbeni, you have to give it to Nigerians for doing the Green and White colours of Nigeria proud in England.
Nigerian players are blessed with strength, skills, pace and most especially, how to convert at the final third, as many Nigerian born players have shown all these qualities in the English Premier League.
Super Eagles maestro, Kelechi Iheanacho was in action yesterday at the King Power Stadium for Leicester City when they played against Sam Allardyce relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion team, in their match day 32 of the current campaign.The forward magician was again incredible with his top notch performance for the former premier league Champion, having been firing from all cylinders for the club this season across all competitions.
Nigerians outside the country has been very outstanding over the years, even when it comes to football, they have proven they worth also.
Over 50 Nigerian Football Players have featured in the English Premier League, some of which have retired while some are still active. Nigeria is the African country with the most players in the Premier League campaign. From the likes of Efan Ekoku, who was the first to be featured in the EPL to the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, are only a handful of stars with the most appearances in the EPL.
Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho joined a brief list of Nigerian players to have scored a hat trick in the English Premier League last weekend.He achieved this feat against Sheffield United.
Efan Ekoku is the first Nigerian professional player to score in the English Premier League, as well as the first Nigerian player to score a hat-trick in the same game. Ekoku scored three goals in the game against Everton to make him the first Nigerian player to have his name on the premier league goal score sheet.
Scoring a hat-trick is an impressive feat for any player. Nigerians have been present in the Premier league since it's introduction in 1993. Since then, Nigeria has had major performers in the premier league with some even going on to be Club legends. But how many Nigerians have scored three or more goals in a match at the premier league?.
Kelechi Iheanacho became the fifth Nigerian to strike a hat trick in the Premier League.The striker was productive with three goals for Leicester City against Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.
Kelechi Iheanacho continued to write his name in Gold after bagging a hat-trick for Leicester City in their 5-0 win against Sheffield United in Premier League on Sunday.
10. Efan Ekoku (52 goals) The former Nigeria international played in the English top-flight between 1992 and 1999. He was a striker for Wimbledon and Norwich City, scoring 52 goals in 160 appearances. 9. Nwankwo Kanu (54 goals). A true Premier League great but still not the highest Nigerian.
Kelechi Iheanacho is currently the most talked about Nigerian football player in Europe after winning the premier league play of the month award.
As The English Premier League is starting this weekend, let's check out 10 Nigerian players with most appearances in the English Premier League. 10. Alex Iwobi with 155 appearances. Iwobi played for Arsenal and currently playing for Everton. 9. Efan Ekoku with 160 appearances