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Mikel: Ex-Super Eagle’s jersey number revealed at Kuwait Sporting Club

The West African will be with the Brigadiers for the 2021/22 season with the option to be extended

Former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel is one of the players unveiled by Kuwait Sporting Club.

The 34-year-old midfielder has decided to join the Kuwaiti squad for the Stoke City championship squad on July 1. The Brigadiers have revealed that the former Chelsea and Trabzonspor star has signed a one-year contract that will keep him at the club for the 2021-22 season.

At the unveiling of the club, the West African will still wear the jersey number 12 he wore during his time with the Blues.

“I’m glad to be here, in this wonderful club hoping to win trophies together this season,” Mikel told the media during the unveiling.

“To the management and the fans, thank you for your warm welcome, I am ready for the new challenge.”

The move to Kuwait was a shock to Stoke fans as he had just renewed his stay at the club after an impressive initial campaign.

The 34-year-old was one of the standouts in Michael O’Neill’s team in the 2020-21 season with 39 league games under his belt when he finished 14th on the table.

Mikel returned to England last August after terminating his contract with Turkish Super Light club Trabzonspor over a disagreement over the coronavirus pandemic.

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

Prior to his stay in China, the Caf Most Promising Talent spent most of his career at Chelsea in 2005.

During his 11-year stay at Stamford Bridge, Mikel has won several honors, including the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

He has also been named the club’s young player of the year twice (2007 and 2008), and has made 249 appearances in the Premier League with just a single goal to his name.

The 34-year-old has repeatedly repeated his leadership and position role for Nigeria before retiring in 2019.

He was part of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and also helped the country win bronze during the 2006, 2010 and 2019 editions.

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