Nigerian duo ofJohn Obi Mikel and Oghenekaro Etebo were in action for their respective club in English Championship Clash between Middlesbrough and Stoke City on Friday.
Oghenekaro Etebo and his Stoke City teammates travelled to Super Eagles Captain John Mikel Obi’s Middlesbrough with the home nicking the game by a lone goal to continue their playoff chase.
The Nigerian midfielders were instrumental for their team with Etebor helping his team to 58% of the ball possession and break up several counter attack from the home side.
Mikel’s borrow took the lead as early as the 2nd minute of the match thanks to Congo DR import Britt Assombalonga and they managed to checkmate their visiting opponents who had greater possession control from converting any of the chances created.
Boro has now gone to win their last three championship game after ending winless streak of eight games against struggling Bolton Wanderers three weeks ago.
Friday’s loss is the first defeat in four matches for Stoke City who are 16th on the log with 52 points in 43 matches and they welcome Norwich to the Bet360 stadium on Monday.
Middlesbrough on their part are 6th on the log with 67 points in 43 matches and the Tony Pulis’s side will next trade tackles with Nottingham Forest away on Monday .