Caleb Ekuban is the new poster boy for the Ghana national team and it has taken him only two games to give hope to a country that is falling out of love with its national team.
Caleb Ekuban scored the only goal in Ghana's final qualifier to the 2019 African Cup of Nations against Kenya. It was Ekuban's first game for the Black Stars on March 23, 2019.
And then on March 26, 2019 against Mauritania, he scored the second goal in 3-1 over the West African minnows in Accra. In all fairness, Ekuban has kicked off a love affair in the most delightful way.
But most people are still getting to know him so YEN.com.gh educates Ghanaians on five things people should know about the new poster boy.
1. He scored his first Ghana goal on his birthday
Caleb Ekuban was born on March 23, 1994. So on the day he played his first game for Ghana, Ekuban had turned 25.
Only God knows what went through his head when he was being substituted in the second half.
2. Caleb was at the same academy as Balotelli
He was born in Chievo and came through the same academy as did another Ghanaian-Italian footballer, Mario Balotelli.
Interestingly, Ekuban had hopes of following in the footsteps of Balotelli.
3. Caleb's father is a Pentecost church leader
Caleb's father is the district elder of the Pentecostal Assembly of Churches in Italy as well as an accountant and business entrepreneur.
4. He can speak Fante even though he grew up in Italy
He is fluent in Italian and is also able to speak Fante, the major local dialect in the Central Region of Ghana.
This is uncommon for most Ghanaians born in Europe.
5. Leeds United did not give him a shirt number in 2018/2019
With speculation that he was not in Marcelo Bielsa's plans, on 26 July 2018, Ekuban was not given a shirt number for Leeds for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.
He was then loaned to Turkish top-flight side, Trabzonspor.
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