This week, our series on Nigerian stars, who played in their numbers for foreign clubs, continue with a focus on Stoke City. Several Nigerian players have plied their trade with the Potters in the last two decades, ANTHONY NLEBEM highlights Nigerian stars who played at the bet365 Group stadium
Mikel joined Stoke City from Turkish side Trabzonspor, having previously spent 11 years with Chelsea.
He made 41 appearances in two seasons with Stoke without scoring a goal.
The former Nigerian captain canceled his contract by mutual consent to join Kuwait Sporting Club in 2021.
The 36-year-old made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.
He won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup during his time with the London club.
Mikel won 89 caps for Nigeria, played in two World Cups and helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football in 2019.
After spending three seasons with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Championship, Olofijana made a £3m move to Premier League club Stoke City in 2008 following Wolves’ failure to gain promotion to the topflight division.
The deal made Olofinjana the second most expensive buy in the Potters’ history at that time.
The 42-year-old who signed a four-year deal with the Potters spent only one year at the club before leaving for Hull City opting not to join Monaco that summer.
Olofinjana made 21 appearances for Stoke, scoring twice.
Odemwingie in January 2014 joined Stoke on an 18-month contract in a player-exchange deal with Kenwyne Jones.
The winger ended 2013/14 with five goals in 15 appearances for the Potters.
In August 2014, Odemwingie suffered a knee ligament injury that ruled him out for most of the 2014/15 season
He returned in April 2015 but only managed eight appearances in an injury-hit 2014/15 campaign as Stoke finished in ninth position.
He signed a new one-year contract extension but struggled to get regular playing time.
He made 31 appearances and contributed to nine goals (six goals, three assists) during his spell at the Bet365 Stadium.
After failing to command a starting role at Stamford Bridge, winger Victor Moses signed a season-long loan with the Potters from Chelsea for the 2014/15 season.
Moses suffered a thigh injury in November 2014 which ruled him out for eight weeks and returned in January 2015.
The Kaduna-born winger made 23 appearances and netted four goals during his loan spell with the Potters.
Energetic attacking midfielder Etebo moved to England where he signed for Championship side Stoke City in the summer of 2018 for £6m from Portuguese side Feirense in a five-year deal.
Etebo featured predominantly in his debut season, playing 37 times and registered two goals to help Stoke finish in 16th position.
The Nigerian midfielder had a delayed start to the 2019/20 season after featuring for Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and was not getting regular playing time under manager Michael O’Neill and was dropped from the squad.
He left the Potters in January 2020.
In total, the midfielder made 51 appearances for the Potters after joining the Club in the summer of 2018.
English Championship side Stoke City signed Josh Maja on the final day of the January 2022 transfer window from French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
Maja made 17 appearances for the Potters, scoring twice as they finished in 14th position.