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EPL: Bassey, Iwobi were decisive for Fulham, missed during AFCON — Fulham coach Silva

EPL: Bassey, Iwobi were decisive for Fulham, missed during A

By Izuchukwu Okosi

The Nigerian pair of Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi were on the scoresheet Saturday evening in Fulham's 2-1 away win over Manchester United at Old Trafford and their inspiring performances have drawn the plaudits of head coach Marco Silva. 

Former Rangers and Ajax defender Calvin Bassey Ughelemba scored his first goal in the Premier League when he reacted instinctively to hit the ball on a rebound to the roof of the net beyond the reach of a hapless Andre Onana.

In stoppage time, Alex Iwobi manipulated the ball to his right foot after evading two markers and hit a low shot to the bottom right corner after Harry Maguire had levelled for United. 

The players' head coach Silva spoke in glowing terms about their contributions in their first starts after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations duty. 

“Of course, it’s always an important moment (scoring your first goal). But not just him this afternoon. The two players (Bassey and Iwobi) that were at the Africa Cup (of Nations). And that we miss them," Silva who worked with Iwobi previously at Everton admitted.

“They were decisive in terms of the goal. It just shows how they are important for us in the way I want to play, in our way. It’s really nice to see both scoring goals and helping us to win,” Silva who last summer turned down a mega move to the Saudi Arabian league told the media. 

The Super Eagles Stars who shone at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and played in all of Nigeria's seven matches en route to finishing as runners-up where the three-time African champions lost 2-1 to hosts Cote d'Ivoire. 

Fulham, with the win, their first at the theatre of dreams since 1963, are guaranteed to stay 12th on the Premier League table this weekend, regardless of results from other venues.

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