Mikel Obi, the vice captain of Chinese side, Tianjin Teda, was a glaring absentee on Saturday as the club beat Yanbian 3-1 in the Chinese Super League. Coincidentally, it was Mikel Obi’s 30th birthday.
Compatriot and fellow Super Eagles’ player, Brown Ideye, gave a symbolic birthday gift, scoring the third goal that lift Mikel Obi’s club.
Ideye’s goal came in the 72nd minute before he was substituted five minutes later by Li Yuanyi. The victory notwithstanding, Tianjin Teda are eighth in a log of 16.