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  Ex-Nigerian international, John Obi Mikel, has departed English Championship side, Stoke City, to join Kuwaiti football powerhouse, Kuwait Sporting Club.
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It will be recalled that the former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain signed a one-year contract extension at Stoke a few weeks back, but has now chosen to ply his trade in Asia. The Potters (Stoke) in a statement on Thursday, July 1, 2021, confirmed the departure of the former Chelsea FC star on mutual consent.
‘Stoke City can confirm that John Obi Mikel’s contract with the Club has been cancelled by mutual consent. The 34-year-old former Nigerian international midfielder, who still had a year to run on his existing contract with the Potters, made 41 league and cup appearances for the Club last season.’ Stoke City

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Mikel’s move to Kuwait is his second spell in Asia after his two-year stint with the Chinese side, Tianjin Teda. Kuwait SC is a 15-time champion of Kuwait’s topflight league, the VIVA Premier League. However, Mikel will be looking to bring them back to glory as their last league title win was in the 2018/2019 season. Also, the club boasts as the first Kuwaiti club to win an Asian title, having won the AFC on three occasions, 2009, 2012, and 2013. The duo of Kuwait SC and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya of Iraq, are the only clubs in Asia to have won the AFC three times, putting them ahead of other clubs on the continent. Source: Complete Sports Featured Image Source: Football Live NG
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This article was first published on 2nd July 2021


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