By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles captain was missing in action for Tianjin TEDA who lost 1-0 to home side, Shanghai Shenhua, in Wednesday’s Chinese Super League clash at the Hongkou Football Stadium, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Senegalese striker, Demba Ba who was making a return to the club after a loan spell at Turkish side, Goztepe, tapped in from close range in the 82nd minute to hand Shanghai Shenhua their seventh win of the campaign.
Mikel was to make his 12th appearance of the season after rejoining the team after his participation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with Nigeria, but that didn’t happen in the end.
Tianjin TEDA are now 11th in the CSL table with 15 points from 12 games while Shanghai Shenhua are second with 24 points from 12 games.
In other CSL reults on Wednesday, Beijing Guoan defeated Henan Jianye 2-1, Dalian Yifang and Hebei CFFC played out a goalless draw while Guangzhou Evergrande thrashed Guizhou Hengfeng 4-0.
Tianjin TEDA will host 13th placed Chongqing Lifan in their next game on Saturday, July 21.