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Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by ogbiwa: 7:54am On Feb 15
Josh Maja said he saw a dream become reality as he marked his full debut with a brace to help Fulham boost their Premier League survival hopes with a deserved win at Everton.

The visitors were by far the better side in the first half but were left frustrated as they missed several opportunities to score, with Bobby Decordova-Reid hitting the post and Harrison Reed driving over.

But their dominance was rewarded early in the second half when Nigerian striker Maja - a deadline day signing on loan from Bordeaux - slid in to turn home Ola Aina's cross from close range.

Maja, 22, then capped a superb debut with a second, tapping in after Reed's shot had hit the woodwork.


The former Sunderland striker said: "This is a night I have been dreaming about for a long time. I had a feeling it was coming and pleased it became a reality.

"We took our chances when it came and put in another good performance again, we want to continue like this."

Everton were poor throughout and although Seamus Coleman clipped the outside of the post in the first half, they rarely looked like scoring.

Joshua King did have the ball in the back of the net late on but it was ruled out for offside.

There is still plenty of work to do for Fulham to escape the drop, with this victory cutting the deficit to safety to seven points, but it will significantly boost their hopes they they can fight their way out of trouble.

Defeat for Everton, meanwhile, means they remain seventh on 37 points.

Fulham striker Josh Maja is just the second Nigerian player to score a brace on his first Premier League start, following Efan Ekoku for Norwich City back in May 1993 (v Middlesbrough).

Also, Ola Aina assisted Maja's first goal. The previous Premier League goal scored and assisted by players representing Nigeria was on 17 April 2010, when Yakubu scored for Everton from a Victor Anichebe pass in a 3-2 win over Blackburn.

Maja and Aina are both born in London, but play for Nigeria.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/55967798

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by preacherz: 8:05am On Feb 15
Good news

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by alingo2013(m): 8:06am On Feb 15
Great we hope to see you do well in the national team

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Tookool(m): 8:06am On Feb 15
Good one Maja ....Everton were a total flop last night

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by daddytime(m): 8:06am On Feb 15
Fulham na Nigeria FC

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by oluwasegun007(m): 8:06am On Feb 15
Atleast make we sef get striker wey dey make wave for EPL.


Goodluck nigga.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by ForeThinker: 8:06am On Feb 15
Nigerian Amaka

Nice entrance

More grace

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Kilishihunter: 8:07am On Feb 15
Goal made in naija
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Quality3: 8:07am On Feb 15
Hmmm
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by virginboy1(m): 8:07am On Feb 15
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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Joshintua(m): 8:08am On Feb 15
Better competitive option for Kelechi to improve and replacement for ighalo
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by sweetonugbu: 8:09am On Feb 15
He is a promising talent
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Emmynoelcrypto: 8:09am On Feb 15
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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by valentineuwakwe(m): 8:09am On Feb 15
to me all this lads are untested as I still say BRING BACK IGHALO!

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Hugomexis(m): 8:09am On Feb 15
Very good of him
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Realiz(m): 8:09am On Feb 15
keep playing with top form like Wilfred so a bigger club can come for you. Nigeria is proud of you maja. Hmmm football making Nigeria unite hahaha can't stop laughing.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Reference(m): 8:10am On Feb 15
They were both tap-ins, nothing exciting yet. The Tosin chap in defense was much more significant... if he is a Nigerian.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Ayobami7(m): 8:10am On Feb 15
he is English
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Sultty(m): 8:10am On Feb 15
Good one
Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:10am On Feb 15
CONGRATS Josh Maja, Great Guy.

That was a very interesting Game of Soccer.

This is only the beginning of more exploits for you young man.

The Sky is your starting point.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Minjim: 8:11am On Feb 15
Good one!

Some pleasing news

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Reference(m): 8:12am On Feb 15
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Better. With Osimhen being in poor form of late as a result of injuries. Pls where's Henry Onyekuru? All the promise

Osimen has issues beyond injury. His off-fields are not helping.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by BecomeALandLord(m): 8:13am On Feb 15
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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by optimistfeel(m): 8:14am On Feb 15
Another Nigerian firing striker....

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Uyi168: 8:15am On Feb 15
Naso Everton take scatter boys tickets.
cry

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Yellowplantains: 8:16am On Feb 15
Rohr please look out for this superb striker

Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Angelfrost(m): 8:18am On Feb 15
Everton is a very useless team... The fact that United drew with them further validates the fact that United is certainly average and unfit to be champions.

Congrats to Maja. I wish him greater heights... More wins for all young and serious Nigerian footballers out there.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by Angelfrost(m): 8:20am On Feb 15
Reference:


Osimen has issues beyond injury. His off-fields are not helping.

Watched him against Juventus... Was not impressed one bit.

He looks way out of form.

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Re: Nigerian Striker, Josh Maja Scores Twice On His Premier League Debut For Fulham by 27Pushing30: 8:20am On Feb 15
Azzin bro that match be like Wetin dem fix lol

Totally toothless display from Everton ... you’d think they were the side fighting relegation
Tookool:
Good one Maja ....Everton were a total flop last night

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