Mikel Obi leaves England again, joins new club in Kuwait

John Mikel Obi, the former captain of the Super Eagles, has joined Al Kuwait SC of the Kuwaiti Premier League.

Mikel Obi has signed a one-year contract with the Brigadiers for the 2021/2022 season, according to the Brigadiers.

The addition of the Nigerian midfielder is a boost for Al Kuwait, who finished third in the Premier League last season, behind Al-Qadsia and Al-Arabi.

He won’t be the only African player at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, as he joins Morocco’s El-Mehdi Barrahma, Tunisia duo Ahmed Akaichi and Rami Bedoui, and Mali’s Abdulwahid Sissoko in the Brigadiers’ line-up.

Mikel Obi leaves Stoke City, who recently activated the contract extension option to keep him for one more campaign, following his impressive performances in the English second division last term.

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The 34-year-old was one of the standout players in Michael O’Neill’s team in the 2020-21 season with 39 league appearances under his belt as they finished 14th in the table.

Mikel Obi returned to England last August, after he terminated his contract with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor.

The Nigeria legend is not new to Asian football having previously spent two years in the Chinese Super League with Tianjin Teda.

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