Nigerian born Eniola Aluko has become the first female pundit in the 50-year history of the BBC’s Match of the Day, the most popular TV programme on English football analysis.
Eniola was born in Lagos in 1987 but relocated with her family to England at the age of one. She plays for the English National football team.
According to a Guardian report, the Chelsea and England striker made her debut on the live lunchtime MOTD2 Extra webcast, hosted by Mark Chapman, as part of a panel including the veteran commentator John Motson and the former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane.
Aluko, criticised Wayne Rooney’s red card hack at Stewart Downing during Manchester United’s victory over West Ham: “There were four recovering defenders – there was no need for him to make that foul. There was no need for him to lash out like that.”
Eniola’s brother, Sone Aluko, who plays for Premier Division side, Hull City, was named in the squad for the Nigeria under 20 natonal football team for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. He played in games against Venezuela, Spain and Tahiti.
He was also called up to the Nigerian national team for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland on 29 May 2009. He made his full international debut in the starting eleven, forcing the Irish goalkeeper to save his 40-yard lobbed free kick and playing the first 61 minutes of the game.
Aluko was included in a pre-selection for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but had to renounce because of an injury.
Thanks for all your comments 🙂 Im honoured to be the 1st ever female football pundit on @BBCMOTD Theres a 1st for everything 🙂
— Eniola Aluko (@EniAlu) September 28, 2014
After the broadcast, Aluko, took to Twitter to acknowledge the milestone. She said: “Thanks for all your comments 🙂 Im honoured to be the 1st ever female football pundit on @BBCMOTD Theres a 1st for everything.”