– Nigerian international Mikel Obi and his team Tianjin Teda suffered a defeat in their first game of the season in the Chinese Super League
– Mikel played all the minutes as his side were beaten 2-0 by hosts Shandong Luneng
– Tianjin Teda will be at home on March 10, 2017 to play their second game of the season
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel began his career with Tianjin Teda on Saturday, March, 4, 2017 in the Chinese Super League on a disappointing note as the midfielder and his teammates suffered a 2-0 defeat at Shandong Luneng.
Mikel was expected to shine in the encounter after making a move from Chelsea in January, but he was kept out of the game in the second half by Luneng’s impressive midfielders.
The 29-year-old made lots of attempts to score in the first half, but could not find the back of the net.
Striker Binbin Liu and Papiss Cisse’s goals in the 78th and 82nd minutes condemned Mikel’s team Tianjin to a defeat.
Mikel and his teammates will now hope to redeem themselves in their next encounter at home to Jiangsu Sunning on Friday March 10, 2017.