Tuesday, November 24

Mikel erred swapping Chelsea for China – AFC Leopards legend Okwemba

The former Kenya international believes the ex-Super Eagles skipper made a big mistake leaving the Blues
AFC Leopards legend Charles Okwemba feels former Nigeria international John Obi Mikel made a big mistake by ditching Chelsea for Chinese outfit Tianjin TEDA in 2017.

The midfielder played for the Blues from 2006 to 2017 and went on to win the Champions League, Europa League, English Premier League, and FA Cup, among other titles.

However, he left for China despite offers from other teams to stay in the UK.

“[Mikel] was a solid defensive midfielder, though I don’t think his career ended up so well especially after leaving Chelsea,” Okwemba told Goal on Friday.

“The mistakes he made in his career was going to China, at that stage; he still had a lot to offer. Things took a negative twist after the move, and he never recovered.

“He became a different player from the one we were used to seeing.

“I feel like he denied Africans of some potential in him we would still be seeing today, but that’s life, it happens at times because of different reasons.”

Despite enjoying success while at Chelsea and spending a decade with the London side, Okwemba is not convinced Mikel ranks among the best midfielders from the African continent.

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