Mikel Makes Losing Debut in China

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Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi made his debut for Tianjin TEDA yesterday, in their 2-1 friendly defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Under-23 at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.

Wearing jersey no. 10, the midfielder was unable to rescue Jaime Pacheco’s men from bowing to the German youth side in the friendly encounter.

Zhou Tong got TEDA’s lone strike as Mikel was replaced in the second half alongside debutant, Wang Dong and Zhou Liao and Goodley.

The Nigeria international left Chelsea on a free transfer, having been allowed to depart the Stamford Bridge after failing to make an impression on the first team under Antonio Conte.

TEDA continue their winter training in Tianjin as they step up preparation for the new season having placed 11th in the Chinese Super League with 36 points from 30 games.

Mikel’s new club has won the Chinese Super league three times before-1960,1980 and 1988 and they have won the FA CUP twice-1960 and 2011.