Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel was in action for his Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA in a friendly against German team Borussia Monchengladbach II on Wednesday.
The former Chelsea midfielder saw his new team lose 2-1 on his debut as the Germans opened scoring in the first 10 minutes, the equaliser came four minutes later and Gladbach II scored the winner 10 minutes to time.
Mikel, who spent 10 years at Chelsea winning 13 major honours with both club and country during his Blues’ spell, made the move to Tianjin TEDA on a free transfer during the January transfer window and will reportedly earn £140,000 every week.
Head Coach of the Nigeria national team, Gernot Rohr has assured that the former Flying Eagles star will continue to feature in his plans giving that the 29-year-old continues getting regular play time in China.
“We can still follow him on the internet and as long as he is playing well, he remains in our plans,” Rohr stated.
“I am happy he will play in China and not sit on the bench at Chelsea.”