Ekoku thumbs up Eze’s sumptuous free-kick goal against Spurs


The 1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning striker Efan Ekoku has praised 2017 Super Eagles invitee Eberechi Eze for his brilliant free-kick goal in the second half of Crystal Palace’s 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend.

With the game deadlocked at 0-0, the Crystal Palace number 10 won a free-kick in a brilliant position just before the hour mark.

Eze dusted himself down and curled the ball emphatically past Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario.

The onetime Nigeria Football Federation target returned to the starting lineup of the Eagles after sitting out their previous four games in the Premier League with a hamstring injury.

Tottenham Hotspur fought back to win the London derby, scoring three times in the final thirteen minutes of the contest through
Timo Werner, Cristian Romero and Heung-min Son.

Ekoku, who was on commentary duties for the Premier League world feed, hailed Eze for his sumptuous free-kick goal.

The former Super Eagles star said: “You give yourself a second chance to defend against the opposition but in truth when the quality comes from a player like Eze, it’s almost unstoppable.

“Vicario central in the goal because he’s got two walls to protect, his own and then the Palace one. Eze hits it on the strike of the ball and not quite side-netting but the pace of that free-kick is absolutely fantastic.”