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.
“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.
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