Leeds United's Caleb Ekuban stunned after dream Ghana debut

Fans of Leeds United celebrate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on December 26, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Caleb Ekuban is on loan at Trabzonspor from Marcelo Bielsa's Championship outfit Leeds United and could be heading to the Africa Cup of Nations.

25th November 2017, Oakwell, Barnsley, England; EFL Championship football, Barnsley versus Leeds United; Caleb Ekuban of Leeds United FC laughs at Joe Williams of Barnsley FC after the two...

Caleb Ekuban admits he was thrilled to score his first goal for his country in Ghana’s 1-0 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya at the weekend, speaking to Ghana Web.

At the age of 25, Ekuban has had to wait to make his mark on the international stage but was rewarded with a first ever Black Stars appearance on the back of an impressive season out on loan at Trabzonspor.

 

The Leeds United striker, who struggled in the Championship during the 2017/18 campaign, has scored seven goals in all competitions since moving to Turkey.

And he seized his chance to impress on his Ghana debut, firing home a first-time left footed effort to see off Kenya and ensure his country finished top of their AFCON qualification group.

Caleb Ekuban of Trabzonspor celebrates after scoring a goal during the Ziraat Turkish Cup round of 16 match between Trabzonspor and Balkesirspor Baltok at Medical Park Stadium in Trabzon,...

“It's quite amazing. The first thing, as a striker, you want to do is to score so when you get the opportunity and you score it feels like it is not even real. I am really happy,” the former Chievo Verona striker said after the game before pointing out that he still has work to do to force his way into Kwasi Appiah’s squad for the upcoming tournament.

Ekuban’s future at club level remains up in the air, however, heading into the final stretch of the season. According to Aksam, Trabzonspor have the option to sign Ekuban permanently for less than £1 million and that is a chance they will surely snap up at this rate.

Caleb Ekuban of Leeds United  celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 4-1during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in...

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