Saturday, 1 May 2010
Efangwu Goziem "Efan" Ekoku (born 8 June 1967, in Cheetham Hill, Manchester), was an English born Nigerian former footballer.
During his club football career, he played for Sutton United, Bournemouth, Norwich City, Wimbledon, Grasshopper, Sheffield Wednesday and Dublin City.
He scored Norwich's first ever goal in European competition, against Vitesse in the UEFA Cup on 15 September 1993. Just 10 days later he scored four goals as Norwich beat Everton 5-1 at Goodison Park, becoming the first player to score more than three goals in a Premier League game. He was sold to Wimbledon the following year and spent five years with the club, helping preserve their Premier League status and reach the semi-finals of both domestic cups in the 1996-97 season. Efan was capped 20 times by Nigeria and scored 6 goals.
His brother, Abi Ekoku, is a former British discus champion and also played professional rugby league for the club then known as London Crusaders. Efan currently works as a football commentator and will be covering the 2010 World Cup this summer for ESPN.
Sources: Getty Images, Wikipedia