Caleb Ekuban is a 24-year-old Italian striker who has already played for seven different clubs. Currently owned by Leeds United by on loan with Turkish Süper Lig club Trabzonspor, Ekuban scored the most emotional goal of his young career.
Earlier this week, Ekuban’s mother passed away. He begged coach Ünal Karaman to let him play and the manager obliged by subbing him on in the 74th minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Ekuban netted the match winner, rising high to head in a free kick.
GOLAZOOO! Caleb Ekuban ! dk'83
Kayserispor 0 - 1 Trabzonspor
Ekuban gol sonrayı gözyaşlarına hakim olamadı... pic.twitter.com/uyL4qrIy1Q— (@GOLAZOOOxSports) December 1, 2018
He immediately burst into tears.
3 gün önce annesini kaybetti izni olmasına rağmen takıma katıldı oyuna girdi 3 puanı getirdi çok büyük karakter pic.twitter.com/ip0QltlOF2— (@atavratsosa) December 1, 2018
Caleb Ekuban'ın gol sevinci pic.twitter.com/UfyI5VAlrb— De Marke Sports (@demarkesports) December 1, 2018
The goal was an 82nd-minute winner in a 2-0 victory over Kayserispor.
“I did what I had to do after my mother’s death,” Ekuban said in a postgame interview.
— FIRTINA HABER (@FIIRTINAGRUP) December 1, 2018
Ekuban was born in Italy to parents of Ghanaian descent. Leeds bought him in 2017 from Chievo Verona. Eligible for both the Italian and Ghanaian national teams, he's said he'd prefer to represent Ghana internationally.
Başkanımız Ahmet Ağaoğlu ve yönetim kurulu üyelerimiz Kayserispor maçı sonrası soyunma odasına giderek geçtiğimiz günlerde annesini kaybeden Caleb Ekuban'a başsağlığı dilediler.Başkanımız ve yöneticilerimiz ayrıca attığı golden dolayı Ekuban'ı tebrik ettiler. pic.twitter.com/OVIMzwemOU
— Trabzonspor Kulübü (@Trabzonspor) December 1, 2018