Nigerian-born Striker Helps England Break 24-Year Jinx
Nigeria-born striker, Ademola Lookman is now a hero with the England U-20 team having helped them break a jinx that has plagued them for 24 years in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Young Lions, as the England U-20 team are fondly referred to, have never made it to the quarter finals of the Youth World Cup since 1993.
But Lookman's goals on Wednesday changed history.
In England’s 2-1 win over Costa Rica, Lookman scored either side of half-time, before Randall Leal struck late with a rebound after his missed penalty.
The Everton youngster, who Nigerian football officials are still trying to convince to play for the Super Eagles, said after Wednesday’s feat that he is quite excited.
The 19-year-old admitted it was a relief to see the ball hit the net after coming close on a number of occasions.
Lookman said: “In the last game I hit the post twice, so it was good to get the two goals. The most important thing though is that we won, so I’m happy.
“This is the second biggest tournament in the world, so to be a part of it is a dream come true.
“Things have happened quickly for me. The past six months I’ve been learning in a new team [Everton] and a new environment. Given time I think I will get better as a player and hopefully I can keep scoring goals.” He concluded.