Mikel suffers defeat in China debut

Super Eagles skipper, Mikel Obi, made his debut for Tianjin TEDA on Wednesday, in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach U23 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.

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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.

He is the latest ex-Premier League player to ply his trade in China, with a package worth around £140,000 per week at his new club.

The 29-year-old, who followed former team-mate Oscar to China, won the Champions League, two Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his time at Chelsea.

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.