Josh Maja two goals for Fulham at high-riding Everton caught the eye on a weekend of several other noteworthy Nigerian performances across Europe.
The Super Falcons captain added to her trophy cabinet when Barcelona Ladies won the Copa de la Reina. This latest conquest comes in a week when the IFFHIS ranked her as Africa’s best female player of the decade – 2011-2020.
The Super Eagles winger inspired his troubled French club to a rare win as they won 3-1 at Angers to enhance their chances of beating relegation in a most forgettable campaign for them. Last season, FC Nantes even came close to qualifying for the Europa League, but this term they are fighting for their Ligue 1 lives under their third manager. Moses Simon goals and experience will be crucial were they to survive.
Leicester City fought from a goal down to beat champions Liverpool 3-1 at home and the defensive midfielder was one of the main reasons for this as ‘The Foxes’ stayed in touch with the title contenders. He was the Man of the Match with yet another command performance in the heart of the midfield against a more talented side.
If FC Lorient were to avoid relegation from the French Ligue 1 this season, it will be because of the goals and overall play of their young Nigeria striker. He was again the star as they recorded a vital point on the road at front runners AS Monaco. He scored two goals on the day and again showed his quality against top opposition and now he has to be guaranteed his first-ever call-up to the Super Eagles at the end of the month.
The striker justified his first start for hometown club Fulham with two priceless goals, the first was an effort Made in Nigeria as Ola Aina assisted for him his goals account for the struggling London club. He did not establish himself in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, but from what he showed at Everton Maja will play a big part to ensure Fulham stay up in the Premier League. He should also not be discounted in the Strikers’ Battle in the Super Eagles, which continues to gather momentum with the emergence of fresh options across Europe.