Nigeria’s Tianjin Teda duo John Obi Mikel and Brown Ideye will square up against Odion Ighalo’s Changchun Yatai at the Teda Football Stadium in a Chinese Super League matchday 25 clash on Friday afternoon.

Odion Ighalo | Changchun Yatai

Ighalo, who is Changchun’s leading scorer, has featured 22 times for Chen Jingang’s side, scoring 11 times.

John Obi Mikel | Tianjin Teda

Super Eagles captain, Mikel, was kept out of the Teda team for three months through injury. He has started six games for Teda this season, scoring once – a 48th minute opener in a 2-0 home win over Chongqing Dangdai Lifan in April.

Brown Ideye | Tianjin Teda

Mikel’s international team-mate and striker at Teda, Brown Ideye is the club’s leading scorer with four goals in 14 caps for the Uli Stielike men.

Relegation-threatened Teda are placed 15th – one place above bottom side Yanbian in the 16-team league, with a paltry 16 points from 23 matches, while Changchun are 10th on the log with 28 points from 24 matches.


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