There is time for everything under the sun. Time to start, and time to stop, time to play, and time to observe from the sidelines..
Only time will tell when each of those changes will take place but for sure it will surely come to pass.
Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel has no doubt come a long way. The midfielder who will turn 32 come April 22 this year, is currently sitting on the fence and weighing his options after announcing his exit from Chinese Super league side Tianjin Teda .
The former Chelsea ace headed for China after the English premier league side refused to grant him further contract extension after a decade sojourn at the Stamford Bridge where he made over a record 249 appearances winning two premier league and three FA cup titles.
Also in his kitty while playing for Chelsea include League cup. FA community Shield, Uefa Champions league and Europa league titles
On individual level he won FIFA world youth Championship Silver Ball, 2005, emerged African Young player of the year twice and also Chelsea young player of the year twice 2007 and 2008.
At the national team level a proud winner of the Nations cup in 2013 as well as a 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist. Although his move to China in January 2017 was considered shocking by some, it nonetheless served two major purposes, providing the Nigerian a weekly take home put at about £140.000 per week two times the £75.000 he was earning at Chelsea before the parting of ways.
The China contract that was supposed to last for three years provided a platform for him to continue to showcase his skill. Of course he did make his own contributions to the Tianjin Teda, making about 31 appearances scoring three goals.
He captained the Chinese Super league side, was captain of Nigeria U-23 team to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio is current Captain of the Super Eagles.
After opting to terminate the china contract, what could be the next destination for the Captain? Offers have reportedly come from the Major League Soccer (MLS) where compatriot Obafemi Martins played with Seattle Sounders FC before heading to china.
Recall that he started by playing for Norwegian side Lyn before a controversial transfer that was initially heading the way of Manchester United but eventually ended with Chelsea.
From all indications the father of two who captained the Eagles to the World cup in Russia is not thinking about retirement so that is ruled out of the equation, but a new club he must get to keep playing especially with Super Eagles coach emphasising on his players being regular in their clubs.
There have been speculations that possibilities abound in the Major Super League in United States, Turkish league and even return to England all of which the former Tianjin Teda captain is yet to confirm. It is equally speculated that other teams in the 16-team Chinese Super League sides may take advantage of his exit from Tianjin Teda to woo him to their side
Compatriot and equally club-free Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is also in the market but has made it clear he will not be interested in joining a second division club. What is the next destination for Captain Obi Mikel?
His fans will tell you, “We are watching time will tell and soon too!”