When Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 on Saturday to secure a place in the English Premier League top four, Nigeria’s presence on the field was overwhelming.
No fewer that six players of Nigerian connection were on the field, representing about 25% of the players on both sides. Players of other African nations were also in attendance.
This was similar scenerio when Fulham hosted Chelsea last January.Perhaps no English Premier League match in recent history lined up such a high number of Players of Nigerian and African parentage.
As Sports Village Square checks reveal, five players of Nigerian roots were among the 12 Africans that featured in the Premier League game.
Four players of Nigerian parentage were in the losing Fulham side while another one, Tammy Abraham who came in for Mason Mount in the 76th minute has committed his international career to England played for Chelsea.
In the Fulham were Tosin Adarabioyo, Ola Aina, Ademola Lookman and Josh Onomah. Of the quartet, only Aina, features for Nigeria. Josh Onomah who was a 78th minute substitute is committed to England just like Adarabioyo and Lookman.
Apart from the five Nigerians on the pitch, there were seven other Africans making a total of 10 – making the match an African-dominated tie.
In the Fulham squad was Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, a Cameroonian.Chelsea had in goal, the Senegalese Edouard Mendy. Hakim Ziyech of Morocco also played in the entire duration of the game.Ghana had Callum Hudson-Odoi on the bench.
Kenny Tete who was on the bench for Fulham was born in Holland which nationality he claims, but has a Mozambican father and Indonesian Mother.