Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel was benched on Thursday in Trabzonspor's 3-1 away win against AEK of Greece in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League playoffs tie.
Compatriot Anthony Nwaekeme started the game and was replaced by Donis Dvdiraj 13 minutes from time.
Ghanaian forward Caleb Ekuban scored a hat-trick for Trabzonspor in the game played at the Olympiako Stadio, Spyros Louis.
Mikel was captain of the Super Eagles to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where Nigeria finished third behind Algeria and Senegal.
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