In a tightly contested fifth-round clash in the Chinese FA Cup, Mikel Obi’s Tianjin TEDA faced a setback as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Beijing Guoan. The decisive goal, scored by Jonatan Soriano in the 69th minute, marked the end of Tianjin TEDA’s FA Cup campaign.
The absence of Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi from the pitch was notable, casting a shadow over Tianjin TEDA’s performance. While Mikel has demonstrated his prowess with one goal in eight CSL games this season, his non-participation in the cup clash raised eyebrows among fans and pundits alike.
Despite the FA Cup setback, Mikel Obi remains a key figure for Tianjin TEDA. The 31-year-old midfielder is poised to make a comeback in their upcoming league fixture against Guizhou Zhicheng on Sunday. With the hope of contributing to their league standing, Mikel’s return is eagerly anticipated by both the team and its supporters.
Tianjin TEDA currently finds itself in the 12th position in the CSL table, amassing nine points from eight games in the ongoing season. As they strive for an upward trajectory in the league, the team’s resilience will be put to the test in the upcoming matches, with Mikel Obi expected to play a pivotal role in steering the squad towards success.