Efan Ekoku Biography
On June 8, 1967, Efangwu Goziem Ekoku was born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England. Ekoku is a striker-type professional football player from Ika Delta State who was born in England. He presently works as a co-commentator on the English international feed for Barclays Premier League matches.
|Real Name||Efangwu Goziem Ekoku|
|Stage Name||Efan ekuko|
|Date of birth||June 8, 1967|
|Age||55 years old|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|State of origin||Delta State|
Efan Ekoku Age
Efan Ekoku is 55 years old.
Efan Ekoku Career
Ekoku signed on with Merton FC to start his club career. In addition, he has previously represented Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth, Wimbledon, Sutton United, Grasshopper, Norwich City, and Dublin City. He was given the opportunity to make his professional debut in 1990 when he joined Harry Redknapp’s Bournemouth. The organization had recently been demoted to the Third Division.
He had tremendous seasons in 1990 and 1991, scoring three goals in just 20 games. Even in 1991 and 1992, he performed better. In 28 league games, he was able to score 11 goals. In 14 games during the 1992–1993 seasons, he scored seven goals. He transferred to Norwich City for £500,000 on March 26, 1993. Since then, he has had access to the Premier League.
When Efan arrived at Carrow Road, Mike Walker was in charge of Norwich. Despite Norwich’s loss to Manchester United, Ekoku managed to score three goals in ten games overall. Despite this, Ekoku and his teammates finished third and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
He scored Norwich’s inaugural goal in European play on September 15, 1993, in the UEFA Cup match against Vitesse Arnhem. At Goodison Park, he once more defeated Everton 5-1 with four goals. He became the first player in Premier League history to score four or more goals in a single game. He participated in 27 league games during that time, scoring 12 goals.
He stayed at Carrow Road until 14 October 1994, when he was transferred to Wimbledon for £900,000, replacing John Fashanu as Dean Holdsworth’s strike partner. Efan surpassed all other scorers for the squad in the league with nine goals, which helped the team finish ninth overall and preserve its reputation as one of the most difficult Premier League teams to defeat.
He scored seven goals between the 1995 and 1996 seasons. In the 1996-97 seasons, the team ranked seventh and was a semi-finalist in both of the domestic cups. He rose to become the club’s leading scorer with 11 league goals.
Between 1994 and 1998, he represented Nigeria in international football. He also competed for Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. His professional high point came in 1994 when the Super Eagles defeated Tunisia to win the African Cup of Nations.
He moved to Grasshoppers Zurich on August 27, 1999, for £500,000. In his debut year in Switzerland, he played 21 games and scored 16 goals. He returned to England on a free move to Sheffield on October 20, 2000. Then he made it to Hillsborough. He declared his retirement in 2004. He is still the player that Sutton United, a non-league team, spent the most money on selling.
Ekoku obtained his FA (Football Association) and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) coaching licenses after leaving the professional soccer scene.
Efan Ekoku Personal Life
Abi Ekoku, his brother, was a former British discus champion and played rugby league professionally for the team that was then known as the London Crusaders. A successful Non League football career was enjoyed by another brother, Nko, with Harrow Borough, Sutton United, and Worthing FC. Additionally, during the financial stamp boom, made significant earnings.
Efan Ekoku Net Worth
His net worth is not available at the moment.