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Asuquo Ekpe Nigeria's first AFCON goalscorer dies

He netted Nigeria's first AFCON goal in the Red Devils 3-6 loss to Egypt in Kumasi, Ghana in 1963

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Nigeria Football Federation play The Nigeria Football Federation are mourning the death of Nigeria's first AFCON goalscorer, Asuquo Ekpe (Nigeria Football Federation)

Nigeria's first goalscorer at the Africa Cup of Nations, Asu­quo Ekpe has died.

Ekpe who was popularly called 'Ekpe Senior' played for Nigeria in the late 50s up to the mid 60s and scored the Super Eagles (then called Red Devils) first AFCON goal in 1963.

He netted Nigeria's first AFCON goal in the Red Devils 3-6 loss to Egypt in Kumasi, Ghana in 1963.

He made his debut for Ni­geria in an October 6, 1956 friendly match with Togo and played his last in an abandoned 1-1 All Africa Games qualifier duel with Dahomey (now Benin Re­public), getting 28 interna­tional appearances.

He scored 14 goals in 28 international appearances for Nigeria.

Ekpe was also a captain of the national team that beat Gold Coast (now Ghana) 3-0 in the 1956 bi­lateral Jalco Cup.

He is also the first player to reach double goal figures for Nigeria affter Elkanah Onyeali.

Ekpe and his younger brother, Effiong Ekpe (then called Ekpe Junior) were also the first siblings to play for Nigeria in the same game in a 4-1 defeat of the then Dahomey (now Benin Re­public) in February 2, 1963.

Asuquo had played for Duke Town primary and secondary schools in the 1940s and 1950s and also for Welch XI and Lagos Railway II from 1954 to 1965.

Ekpe will be buried in Uwanna, near Afikpo in Ebonyi State on April 9.

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