Abuja - Nigerian midfielder Mikel Obi scored his first-ever goal in the English Premier League for Chelsea FC seven years after joining the premiership on Saturday and it was celebrated by his entire family.
Tthe goal was scored during Chelsea FC's match against Fulham at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea’s home grounds.
Mikel struck in the 84th minute, giving the North London club a 2-0 derby win over Martin Jol’s Fulham in week five of the league.
Ebere Obi, Mikel's elder brother, said on Sunday that the whole family was excited at the first-ever goal.
"I feel great, it is a thing of joy for him to be playing for a club like Chelsea, playing week-in, week-out, without scoring.
"But he kept on working and hoping that one day, he will score and now, he has made it, I’m so happy for that,’’ Ebere said.
Ebere, a second-choice goalkeeper with Heartland FC of Owerri, added that there was a lot of merriment at home on Saturday as the Obi family saw the goal as a thing to celebrate.
Chelsea’s Manager, Jose Mourinho, said after the match that it was good for the Nigerian midfielder and for the club, adding that it will add to his confidence.
"Good for him, good for us. It’s good for his confidence. He played well, giving balance to the team,’’ Mourinho said.
Mourinho added that Mikel’s first EPL goal would definitely spark a flurry of congratulations for him.