Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick in Leicester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
It was Iheanacho’s second career hat-trick, but his first in the English top-flight. However, the former Manchester City man is not the first Nigerian to achieve this feat in the Premier League, so Soccernet looks at Nigerian stars that have scored a hat-trick in the English top-flight.
Efan Ekoku made history 28 years ago as he became the first Nigerian to score a hat-trick in the Premier League and the first player to score more than three goals.
The former Nigerian international turned commentator scored a whopping four goals as Norwich thrashed Everton 5-1.
Strangely, it was the Toffees that drew the first blood in the 13th minute, courtesy of a strike from Andy Hinchcliffe.
But from then on, it became the Ekoku show. The former Wimbledon striker restored parity for the Canaries just before the break, firing past Neville Southall following a brilliant run.
Ekoku then put Norwich ahead just before the hour mark courtesy of a header off a Christ Sutton cross. The ex-Super Eagles star completed his hat-trick in the 69th minute as he finished off Ruel Fox’s shot that had been initially saved by Southall.
His fourth came after he beat two Everton defenders with his pace before rounding off Southall to finish into an empty net.
Sutton made it five with 13 minutes left, but the day belonged to the history-making Ekoku.