Mikel Obi

Transfer! Brown Ideye Eyes Chinese Money Rain

Super Eagles star Brown Ideye is set to leave Olympiakos for Chinese Super League side, Tianjin TEDA, before the close of the transfer window.

Sources close to the player have told ESPN FC, that Ideye is likely to be lining up along with his international team-mate, John Obi Mikel, soon.

The transfer window in China closes later this week ahead of the new season next month and TEDA are in the market for a new striker to add to their squad.

Competition At Manchester City Will Help Iheanacho - Mikel Obi

Nigeria's Super Eagles captain and legend John Mikel Obi who spent 10 and half years at English Premier League giants Chelsea has advised Kelechi Iheanacho on his future at Manchester City. 

Iheanacho has been frozen out of the first team set up at the Manchester City as the 20 year old has failed to make the matchday squad in their last five games in all competitions. 

Mikel who is no stranger to battling for shirts with star names says the competition in the Man City team, that has kept Iheanacho out of the team will help him become a better player in the future. 

Mikekl Obi In Another Loss With Tianjin TEDA

Tianjin TEDA were losers yet again in their test match as they continue preparations for action in the Chinese Super League as Dinano Bucharest pipped them by a lone goal on Tuesday.

This is the third straight defeat for Tianjin TEDA who are hoping to mount some form of credible challenge when action resumes in the CSL.

Aside Mikel, the Chinese outfit have made a couple of other signings to help bolster their team.

Only recently, Mikel claimed there are high standards at Tianjin TEDA suggesting that there are no differences with the big Euro clubs.

Mikel Obi Nets 1st Goal For Tianjin TEDA

Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel has opened his goal scoring account for his Chinese team, Tianjin Teda as he was on the scorers' sheet in their 2-6 loss to German side St. Pauli in a friendly.

Obi who recently signed a three-year deal with the ambitious Chinese side after spending over a decade at Stamford Bridge appears to have settled down quickly at his new club and he is already proving to be a quality addition to the club.

Super Eagles Shirt Forced Me To Move To China - Mikel Obi

John Obi Mikel has revealed that his move to Chinese side Tianjin TEDA was inspired by his wish to keep a shirt with the Eagles. 

The Eagles captain had already stopped playing full time for the Super Eagles while several pundits have expressed concern that his inability to command a playing role might lead to a loss in form.

Eagles technical director, Gernot Rohr has also supported Mikel's move to Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel Makes First Appearance With Tianjin TEDA

Eagles captain, Mikel Obi made his first appearance for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda in a friendly loss to Bundesliga side Borussia M’gladbach ll.

The Ex Chelsea midfielder who joined the club on a £140k-per-week deal was all smiles as the team posed for a photograph before kickoff. 

Tianjin TEDA held on 1-1 at half-time but eventually lost 2-1 to the Bundesliga outfit. The visitors had shot into the lead in the 10th minute before Tianjin Teda hit an equalizer 14 minutes later.

FIFA Football Best Awards; See Who Mikel, Messi, Ronaldo, Others Voted For

77 of the 452 - who comprise not just captains and managers but members of that nation's media - had no room for the Portugal and Real Madrid star in their best three.

Nigeria's captain Mikel refused to vote for Messi gunning for Ronaldo, Griezman and Neuer in the 1st, 2nd & 3rd order respectively.

England manager Gareth Southgate, and his captain Wayne Rooney, ignored the claims of Lionel Messi.

The Manchester United man put Jamie Vardy third in his list, while Southgate had Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante in his top three.

Conte Thanks Mikel Obi

Chelsea Coach Antonnio Conte made out time yesterday to appreciate Obi Mikel for his professionalism and service to Chelsea.

“I want to say thanks to Obi, for this period when he worked with me.

"He showed great attitude. I wish him and family the best.

“I hope that these offers from China finish with Mikel and Oscar,” he said in his press conference on Friday.
 

Mikel Obi Set For Medical With Chinese Team Tianjin TEDA

John Mikel Obi is set to undergo a medical on Thursday as he nears a move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA.

Mikel, 29, has been offered around £140,000 per week to become the latest player to swap Europe for the riches of Asia's emerging football market.

The Nigeria international has held talks with Valencia, while Marseille and Inter Milan have also shown interest, but Tianjin are now at the front of the queue. 

Nigerian News

Lagos Beach Olympic: Ten Teams To Compete In Maiden Edition   

Each of the 10 teams that will compete at the maiden edition of the Beach Olympics will be named after a Nigerian hero, organisers of the event, which is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Atlantic City, Lagos, have said.

 

Sunshine Stars Troop Out On Akure Streets To Protest Unpaid Salaries    

It's so glearing that football in Nigeria will still face protests of unpaid allowances and wages. Recently the Falcons took to the streets of Abuja to protest unpaid allowances after conquering Africa for the 7th time.

 

Rangers FC Not Begging For Money - Ndukwe   

Recently news broke ot that the players refused to collect the money issued out to them for continental football then another news broke out that the team has been begging for money to help them pursue continental success.

 

Lagos City Marathon: Six Things You Should Know   

Twenty Nigerians will win cash prizes from the Lagos City Marathon from the female & male categories. The star prize for the wining Nigerians ranges from N1M to N20,000.

The winner in the competition will win a whopping $50,000

 

Rohr To Call Up Five New Players For Senegal Friendly   

Five players who have never been called up to the Super Eagles will be in the squad for the friendly game against Senegal and possibly Ghana. 

 

What! Abandoned Nigerian Stadium Turned To Trailer Park   

The Muda Lawal Stadium, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State—once the home of Abiola Babes in the 80s, when it was known as Asero Stadium – has been converted to a park for heavy duty vehicles.

 

Sad! Former Super Eagles Coach Paul Hamilton's Leg Amputated   

Former Super Eagles coach Paul Hamilton’s leg has been amputated, The PUNCH has learnt.

The 75-year-old former international has been bedridden for months before his left leg was amputated from the knee, Hamilton’s wife, Durdy, said.

 

CAF Appoints Two Nigerian Referees For Continental Duties   

Confederation of African Football, CAF, has appointed two Nigerian referees to officiate in the First Round , Second Leg matches of continental club competitions.

 

World Cup Qualifier: Cameroon Aiming Four Points Against Nigeria    

AFCON 2017 Champions, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are hoping they can pick at least four points off Nigeria’s Super Eagles when both teams clash in crunch 2018 World Cup qualifiers starting in August.

 

Nigeria will defeat Sout Africa & Cameroon Says Rohr   

Prior to AFCON 2017 Nigeria appeared like a better team than Cameroon but their victorious outingg in Gabon has raised eyebrows ahead of their World cup qualifier with Nigeria.

 

Yakubu Aiyegbeni Joins English League One Side   

Former Everton & Super Eagles forward, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, has completed his return to English football after signing a short-term deal with Coventry City a team which features in League One.

Aiyegbeni, 34, has been without a club since he left Turkish side Kayserispor in 2016.

 

Basketball: Kano Pillars Star, Abubakar Usman Set To Fight For D' Tigers Shirt   

With a terrific display at FIBA Africa Champions Cup (ACC) last December in Cairo, Abubakar Usman reminded everyone how he is preparing to regain a place in the senior men’s national team, the D’Tigers. 

 

EPL, LA LIGA, SERIE A

Granada vs Real Betis: Match Preview, Facts & Stats   

Granada have not lost in their last eight Andalusian derbies at home in La Liga (W4 D4); last losing in May 2014 (0-2 vs Almeria).

 

Competition At Manchester City Will Help Iheanacho - Mikel Obi   

Nigeria's Super Eagles captain and legend John Mikel Obi who spent 10 and half years at English Premier League giants Chelsea has advised Kelechi Iheanacho on his future at Manchester City. 

 

Bournemouth 0-2 Man City: Sterling Reduces Chelsea's Lead To Eight Points    

Guariola's men climbed into second in the Premier League table with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth, although the triumph was soured by Gabriel Jesus’ early injury.

 

Lazio vs AC Milan: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

C Milan have only lost three of their last 37 Serie A games against Lazio, winning 16 and sharing 18 draws.

 

Bournemouth vs Manchester City: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Manchester City have never lost to Bournemouth in a league game, winning seven and drawing two.

 

Swansea 2-0 Leicester: Musa, Ndidi Continues Free Fall   

Musa, Vardy, Mahrez, Ndidi and others have not scored a premier league goal in year 2017 which as accounted for their free fall in the league.

 

Burnley 1-1 Chelsea: Robbie Brady's Goal Holds Blues   

Conte's men missed the opportunity to open up a 12-point gap at the Premier League summit as Burnley fought back to earn a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

 

Ferdinard: Iwobi, Others Don't Have Premier League wining Mentality    

Ferdinard's opinion on Arsenal will certainly make Alex Iwobi and his colleagues have a re-think as the former United defender believes they can't win the title yet.

 

Swansea vs Leicester: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Since beating Leicester in their first Premier League meeting in October 2014, the Swans have lost each of their last four, scoring once and conceding 11.

 

Burnley vs Chelsea: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

Burnley have never won a Premier League encounter against Chelsea, losing four of five previous attempts (D1).

 

EPL Round Up: Mane Nets Brace, Gunners, United Win   

Sadio Mane scored a quick-fire brace as Liverpool revitalised their Premier League campaign with an impressive 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Saturday.

 

Fiorentina vs Udinese: Match Facts, Head To Head & Stats   

16 of the last 19 Serie A games between Fiorentina and Udinese have seen at least three goals scored - an average of 3.6 goals per game.