Nigerian exports in the English Premier League, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike could not help their respective teams as Sunderland revived their hope of avoiding relegation when they defeated Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light while West Ham lost 4-1 to Swansea in Saturday’s matches.
Mikel enjoyed 83 minutes of play before he was substituted for Bertrand Traoré in the second half. He was instrumental in the Blues midfield but could not stop the Black Cats’ pressure which later paid off despite going down twice against Chelsea.
The Blues opened scoring through Diego Costa in the 14th minute before Wahbi Khazri equalized in the 41st minute.
Nemanja Matić scored to help Chelsea regain lead but Sunderland duo of Fabio Borini and Jamein Defoe netted two quick goals to seal an incredible win that could help them escape relegation.
Meanwhile, Swansea put West Ham to the sword at Upton Park in spite of the inclusion of Moses and Emenike on the field for the home team. Moses was on the starting line and created a handful of chances for West Ham before he was substituted for Diafra Sakho in the 69th minute.
However, Emenike came on from the bench in the 77th minute for Cheikhou Kouyaté and had little impact on the game.