Mikel Obi brings Sanity to Tianjin Teda as Kayode makes Girona Debut

Mikel Obi brings Sanity to Tianjin Teda as Kayode makes Girona Debut

Super Eagles and Tianjin Teda skipper John Obi Mikel completed 90 minutes in his team’s 1-1 result away to Liaoning Hongyun.

Mikel returned to action for Tianjin Teda after a four-month injury spell and is in line for a return to the Super Eagles as well.

Nigeria play Cameroon home and away in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier next month.


News of Mikel’s return to fitness will delight Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, who was without his captain in the shocking 2-0 defeat to South Africa in a 2019 Afcon qualifier.

Mikel captained Tianjin Teda and help the club halt a four-match losing skid.

Another Nigerian was suited in Saturday’s game, but for the home side.

Striker, Anthony Ujah started for Liaoning Hongyun and also saw 90 minutes action.

In Chinese Super League match on Saturday, out-of-favour Super Eagles striker Obafemi Martins could not save his tam, Shanghai Shenhua as they lost 0-3 at home to Guangzhou Evergrande.

The inform striker and his Shanghai teammates were outclassed by their more organized opponents in the encounter.

Obafemi is seeking a recall to the Nigerian national team ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.

On Friday, Super Eagles defender Uche Agbo received a baptism of fire in the Belgian league as his team Standard Liege were demolished 0-4 by visiting Zulte-Waregem.

The 21-year-old Midfielder and his teammates couldn’t stop the rampant Zulte Waregem side from trouncing them.

In England, Leicester City had midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on for 90 minutes in their comfortable 2-0 win over Brighton, while teammates Ahmed Musa and new but Kelechi Iheanacho were not in the matchday squad.

Also not listed for his club in the EPL was Isaac Success.

The 21-year-old forward was not listed in Watford’s matchday squad of Watford who beat Bournemouth 2-0.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi’s Arsenal lost 0-1 at Stoke City.

Iwobi came on as a second half substitute with the Gunners trailing.

In Germany, defender Leon Balogun watched from the bench as Mainz 05 lost 0-1 to newly promoted Hannover in the Bundesliga.

It was same fate for young striker Victor Osimhen who was an unused substitute for Wolfsburg in their 0-3 defeat to visiting Borussia Dortmund.

Whil in Spain, Kayode Olarenwaju made his debut for newly promoted La Liga side Girona.

Girona sped off the block hitting the 2014 La Liga champions Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the first half.

However, they surrendered the advantage to draw 2-2 at home.

Olanrewaju came on as a substitute in the 54th minute for Girona soon before Jose Gimenez equalised for Atletico.

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