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Li Linsheng Is Tianjin Teda As Captain Mikel Returns To Training

Li Linsheng Is Tianjin Teda As Captain Mikel Returns To Training

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian pair of John Mikel Obi and Brown Ideye now have a new coach as their Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda have confirmed the appointment of Li Linsheng as new manager, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Former manager, Jamie Pacheo, was given the axe on Friday, after strings of poor results in the first half of the CSL season according to a statement released on the club's official website.

Pacheo signed the Nigerian pair at the start of the season with Mikel joining as a free agent in January from Chelsea, and Ideye arriving for a reported fee of 10m euros from Greek Champions Olympiakos.

The Tianjin Teda's statement reads: "Li Linsheng style is rigorous and he is well disciplined.

"He has a good communication with the team and that cohesiveness builds the team strength. We believe the team under his leadership we be consistent."

The former Shenzhen and Yanbian coach will have the task of returning the club back to winning ways having won just one game in their last nine games.

He is expected to lead his team out in Sunday's home clash against Shandong Luneng.

meanwhile, Tianjin TEDA captain Mikel has returned to training with the team, two months after he sustained an abdominal strain.

Mikel's return to action also hands Nigeria's Super Eagles a massive boost ahead of their crucial double header clash against Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in August.

According to Chinese daily Sports Enorth the Tianjin TEDA captain,  joined up with the rest of his club teammates Friday evening and trained alone with the club doctors, but will play no part in Sunday's home clash against Shandong Luneng.

But he is expected to play a part in Tianjin TEDA's next game against Jiangsu Suning on the 14th of July, 2017

Mikel's last appearance for Tianjin Teda was in their 2-0 victory over Chongqing Lifan in April in a Chinese Super League clash. 

He has made three appearances since he joined the club as a free agent from Chelsea in January.

Tianjin TEDA are 12th in the 16 team CSL log with 14 points from 15 games.

Tianjin TEDA are 12th in the 16 team CSL log with 14 points from 15 games.

 

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