Ola Aina, Tosin Adarabioyo, Ademola Lookman and Josh Maja were four Nigerian starters for jinx-breaking Fulham on Sunday night as Everton were beaten 2-0 at home.
As if to give it a Nigerian colouration, a fifth player of Nigeria extraction, Joshua Onoma came in as a substitute at the dot of 90 minutes at Goodison Park. One of the five Nigerians, Josh Maja debuting for Fulham, was the man that made things happened as he scored the two goals that ended a run of defeats for Fulham at Goodison Park.
Before Sunday, Goodison Park home ground of Everton had been the bogey ground for Fulham as 14 previous league visits ended in 14 league defeats!
The boys from Nigeria changed the complexion. With 0-0 at half time, the game suddenly turned to ‘Naija made’ as Fulham took the lead barely three minutes after the restart.
Super Eagles’ defender, Ola Aina began the build-up as he played a one-two with another Nigerian, Ademola Lookman before putting a perfect cross to Josh Maja who slid the ball home at close range.
Maja was only recently signed during the winter window. The Nigerian striker inflicted maximum damage to an Everton team that was hoping to make a statement in terms of getting involved in the race for the top four.