Chelsea legend John Obi Mikel was benched as Trabzonspor beat AEK Athens 3-1 in the first leg of final qualifying round of UEFA Europa League.
The ex Super Eagles skipper hasn’t really lived up to expectation since he sealed a move to Trabzonspor on free transfer, having featured for Middlesbrough in the second stanza of 2018/19 campaign.
At the Athens Olympic Stadium on Thursday, it was no surprise that the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup silver medalist wasn’t utilised by coach Unal Karaman.
Striker Caleb Ekuban netted a hat-trick to help Trabzonspor win in Athens.
Another Nigerian on the books of Trabzonspor, Anthony Nwakaeme gave way for Donis Avdijaj in the 71st minute.
Second leg comes up on Thursday 29th August at Senol Gunes Akyazi Stadyumu.