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