Wednesday Nov 04, 2020. 09:00
Former Nigeria international Efan Ekoku has praised Ola Aina after the defender netted his first-ever goal in the English Premier League.
The 24-year-old scored a wonderful strike into the top corner to help Fulham secure a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.
West Brom had Aina’s Super Eagles teammate Semi Ajayi on the pitch in a match which was played at Craven Cottage.
Ekoku, who helped Nigeria clinch the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title, described the goal as an absolute beauty during the commentary.
“What a strike! On the end of a beautiful move, the best of the game from Fulham,” Ekoku was quoted as saying on All Nigeria Soccer.
“He’s actually involved with it so early on and to hit that, that is as brilliant as you are ever going to see a football being hit.”
Ekoku, who was born in Manchester, England to parents of Nigerian descent, played for Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth during his playing days.
Aina was deployed in the right-back position in what was his fourth appearance in the Premier League this season.
“Not great defending from West Brom, couple of Baggies players, Conor Gallagher in particular is ball watching as Aina comes inside,” the retired striker added.
“That’s a cracking hit, an absolute beauty, look at the technique, absolutely clean into the top corner”.
Aina is currently on loan at Fulham from Italian Serie A club Torino having joined the latter from English giants Chelsea.
He has played 17 international matches for Nigeria.