Nigerian Players abroad Mikel Scores In First Pre-Season Game With Stoke City

Former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi scored in his first game for Stoke City on Tuesday 5-1 pre-season victory against Shrewbury.

Mikel who joined Stoke City this month was handed a starting XI jersey for the friendly which was played at the Club’s Clayton Wood training ground.

Mikel found the back of the net after Tashan Oakley-Boothe opener to make it 2-0 and he was substituted in the second half of the game.

The Potters started well as the rain came down and they almost had the perfect start when Josh Tymon’s effort deflected into the arms of Shrews ‘keeper Cameron Gregory.

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But moments later the home side did find the back of the net when Tymon and Lee Gregory worked a short corner well, before Oakley-Boothe rifled the ball into the net from the edge of the area.

Six minutes later Butland was called into action at the other end when he denied Cummings from the penalty spot with a flying save after the referee ruled a foul had been committed from a corner.

Shortly after however, the visitors were awarded another spot kick when Nathan Collins brought down Cummings in the area and Whalley stepped up to convert from 12 yards.

City rallied towards the end of the half as Steven Fletcher’s header was well saved, but on the stroke of half-time, Mikel’s effort from the edge of the area deflected over Gregory and the Potters’ lead was restored.

The second half started slower than the first, but it was the home side who netted the next goal of the game when substitute Ince flicked Bruno Martins Indi’s long-pass into the Shrewsbury net.

Things got even better late in the half when first Afobe turned in Oakley-Boothe’s low cross, before a carbon copy of the move saw Campbell finish off fellow sub Lasse Sorensen’s delivery.

It was indeed a perfect start for Mikel who had during his first interview as a Potter promised to help them secure promotion back to the Premier League.

He will be hoping to make his first competition appearance for the Potters on Saturday for the visit of Blackpool in the Carabao Cup.


Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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