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Football | Nigeria

Ehiosun is 58th scoring debutant



Nigeria’s Premier League leading scorer, Ehiosun Ekigho of Warri Wolves who scored Nigeria’s second goal in Wednesday friendly game with Sierra Leone has become the 58th Nigerian international to find the net in first appearance.

His goal came in the second minute of added time in the first half came off a cross from another debutant, Joel Obi. Ekigho whose seven goals in the domestic league has taken him to the top of the chart had given an indication of what should be expected from him when he scored an hattrick in the 3-0 demolition of Sharks last Sunday.

Incidentally, he credited his new found form to the technical input of Coach Samson Siasia and his assistance, Simon Kalika, who polished him up during the training sessions with the domestic players.

Ekhigo came in midway in the first half for another debutant, Emmanuel Emenike. He thus joins the rank of other notable Nigerian players Obafemi Martins, Finidi George, Uche Okechukwu, Thompson Usiyan and Matthias Obianika among others who scored in the very first time they played for Nigeria.

, it’s been long that a previously uncapped player found the net. Peter Utaka and Osas Idehen did score for a second string Nigerian side of last year in the 5-2 demolition of Congo DR in a friendly tie in Abuja

Tesilimi Balogun, in whose name the stadium that hosted the Nigeria v. Sierra Leone tie is named, was the first scoring debutant for Nigeria. Incidentally, it was against Sierra Leone in both countries’ maiden international duel, that he achieved his feat.

The last time Nigeria presented the full compliment of its national team in Lagos was 10 years ago in an African Nations Cup qualifier. Victor Agali, having his first cap, scored the solitary goal of the encounter.

Obafemi Martins was also a scoring debutant when he found the net in Nigeria’s 3-0 demolition of Republic of Ireland in a friendly game on May 29, 2004 in London. Barely six months later, Ayodele Makinwa joined the exclisive club when he score Nigeria’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to South Africa on the occasion of Mandela Challenge tie in Johanesburg. That was the first time South Africa scored and beat Nigeria.

Taye Taiwo, a defender who surprisingly with three goals in 2007 to become Super Eagles’ top scorer for the season, opened scores from the penalty spot for Nigeria in Wednesday’s tie with Sierra Leone.

Last night's game was the first Grade A match of the arena that was opened on May 27, 2007, has shot Taiwo into the record books. He is the first player to score in a Grade A match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Nigeria’s scoring debutants

PLAYER MATCH/ DATE VENUE

Balogun Tesilimi v. Sierra Leone October 8, 1949 Freetown

Okoh Friday - 2 goals v. Gold Coast October 20, 1951 Lagos

Asoluka Cyril v. Gold Coast October 20, 1951 Lagos

Anieke Peter v. Gold Coast October 20, 1951 Lagos

Okere Titus v. Gold Coast October 20, 1951 Lagos

Okwudili Daniel v. Gold Coast October 27, 1956 Lagos

Longe Julius v. Gold Coast October 27, 1956 Lagos

Ejoh Hubert v. Gold Coast October 27, 1956 Lagos

Noquapor Patrick - 2goals v. Ghana October 27, 1957 Accra

Ijeomah Isaac v. Ghana October 27, 1957 Accra

Buraimoh Abudu - 2Goals v. Ghana October 25, 1958 Lagos

Onyali Elkana v. Ghana October 10, 1959 Lagos

Ohiri Christopher v. Ghana October 10, 1959 Lagos

Chukwumah Egwuonu v. Tunisia December 10, 1961 Tunis

Egbuonu Johnny v. Cameroon January 1, 1963 Yaounde

Udemezue Chris v. Cameroon January 1, 1963 Yaounde

Olatunji Lasisi v. Guinea July 27, 1963 Lagos

Anieke Sunday v. Gabon August 28, 1965 Libreville

Mordi Bobo v. Gabon August 28, 1965 Libreville

Olowo-Oshodi Samsideen v. Congo November 5, 1966 Lagos

Aghoghovbia Joe v. Cameroon December 10, 1968 Lagos

Obianika Mathias - 2 Goals v. Upper Volta November 27, 1971 Lagos

Oyarekhua Sunny v. Upper Volta November 27, 1971 Lagos

Popoola Ben v. Cote d'Ivoire July 18, 1974 Lagos

Ibeabuchi Ogidi v. Ghana August 24, 1974 Accra

Usiyen Thompson v. Kenya February 7, 1976 Nairobi

Godwin Iwelumo v. Benin February 14, 1977 Lagos

Onwuachi Martins v. Benin October 14, 1978 Cotonou

Boateng Leotis v. Tunisia July 12, 1980 Lagos

Emmanuel Osigwe V.Tunisia July 12,1980,Lagos

Nwokocha Chris v. Tanzania Dec. 20, 1980 Dar-es-Salam

Ali Bala v. Upper Volta July 18, 1981 Lagos

Adeshina Ademola v. Ethiopia March 7, 1982 Benghazi

Omughele John v. Ghana October 30, 1983 Accra

Sadi Dahiru v. Kenya April 20, 1985 Lagos

Balarabe Abubakar v. Guinea April 9, 1989 Conakry

Adekola Adeolu v. Guinea April 22, 1989 Ibadan

Oyekanmi Taju v. Cote d'Ivoire January 25, 1990 Kaduna

Okechukwu Uche v. Cote d'Ivoire January 25, 1990 Kaduna

Lawal Dimeji v. Togo August 18, 1990 Lagos

Finidi George v. Burkina Faso July 27, 1991 Lagos

Taiwo Wasiu v. USA June 11, 1995 Boston

Fatusi Tesilimi v. Czech Rep. Dec, 11, 1996 Casablanca

Zeigbo Kenneth v. Cameroon August 7, 1997 Tunis

Garba Ahmed v. Iran Jan. 28, 1998 Hong Kong

Aghahowa Julius v. Morocco February 3, 2000 Lagos

Ishola Shuaibu v. Malawi June 4, 2000 Kano

Agali Victor v. Zambia January 13, 2001 Lagos

Opabunmi Femi v. Kenya May 4, 2002 Lagos

Ogochukwu Ileagwu v. Senegal October 12, 2002 Dakar

Ogechukwu Uche v. Ghana December 15, 2002 Accra

Akwueme Emeka v. Jordan April 28, 2004 Lagos

Martins Obafemi v. Ireland May 29, 2004 London

Makinwa Ayodele v. South Africa Nov. 17, 2004 Johannesburg

Akabueze Chukwuma v. Kenya May 27, 2007 Nairobi

Peter Utaka v. Congo DR March 3, 2010 Abuja

Osas Idehen v. Congo DR March 3, 2010 Abuja

Culled from Super Eagles ...Through The Ages

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