Former Super Eagles captain, Jon Mikel Obi has had his $4m two-year contract terminated by his club, Kuwait SC.
It will be recalled that the former Chelsea man joined Kuwait SC during the summer transfer season from Stoke City, after he cancelled the contract of extension earlier signed with the England’s championship side.
According to totorinews, Mikel John Obi had refused to compensate the Nigerian youth, Michael Okafor, who linked him to the Kuwaiti premiership club.
It was gathered that the contract of former Super Eagles was terminated purely on footballing reason, as the performances of Mikel fell below expectations of the technical crew and management of the club.
Kuwait Sc had switched mode to rate him purely on his present football form, not on past football glories as 2012 UEFA champions league winner with Chelsea Fc of England or the victorious captain of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
It was then observed on the pitch that his performances were too poor to meet the aspirations of the club.
At 34 years old, Mikel had lost the steam, the energy of playing in the engine room of Kuwait Sc, which is the midfield. He was not no longer considered as a midfield general, but a weakened defensive midfielder, with low physical presence on the pitch.
“Mikel’s performance was not good and he could not run ,was not mobile and was playing like a tourist that was the reason his contract was cancelled.”
His physical condition was very bad. He was walking on the pitch, instead of running like his other teammates, too bad.
“The club discovered later that he lacked strong physical condition as a professional footballer. His contract had to be terminated,” Bader Almeraabi , Kuwaiti based football agent said.
The 34-year-old made 41 appearances in two seasons with Stoke and his deal had another 12 months left to run.
Mikel joined Stoke from Turkish side Trabzonspor, having previously spent 11 years with Chelsea.
Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.
He won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup during his time with the London club.
Mikel won 89 caps for Nigeria, played in two World Cups and helped the Super Eagles win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before announcing his retirement from international football two years ago.