John Obi Mikel, Super Eagles captain, played his first game since his involvement with Nigeria at the World Cup as his Chinese side Tianjin Teda forced visiting Jiangsu Suning FC to a 1-1 draw.
Mikel was on for the entire duration of the game alternating between his role as the defensive midfielder of the team with creative moves upfront to set up attacks. Although his team failed to bag all three points, his performance was roundly praised as one of the best players on the pitch for his team during the entire duration of the game.
There has however been talks about him following in the footsteps of Victor Moses who recently retired from the national team but his intermediary told Owngoalnigeria.com that such plans are presently not part of his future plans.
”Mikel is not done yet with the national team. He will still play for Nigeria for the foreseeable future. When the time for retirement comes it won’t be because of the departure of another player. For now he is still interested in playing for Nigeria” he said.