Leeds United duo Kalvin Philips and Ronaldo Vieira have sent heartfelt messages Caleb Ekuban after the striker scored for loan side Trabzonspor – after his mother passed away in the week before the match.
Ghana’s leading football website, GHANASoccernet.com reported last week that Turkish side Trabzonspor had given permission to the 24-year-old hitman to travel to Italy following the news of his mum’s death.
However, Ekuban opted to stay with the side as they prepare for the match against Kayserispor on Sunday.
The former Chievo Verona striker came off the bench in the 74th minute to open the scoring in a 2-0 win for his side just eight minutes later against the Kayseri-based outfit.
He celebrated emotionally and was congratulated by the whole Trabzonspor squad, who knew of his mother’s passing.
His former Leeds United teammates Vieira and Phillips took to their Instagram pages to lavish praises on the striker.
Ekuban joined Trabzonspor in the summer on a season-long loan from Leeds, and has since made nine SuperLig appearances for the Turkish outfit – all coming from the bench.