Obafemi Martins Joins Chinese Club, Shanghai Shenhua

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Former Super Eagles Striker, Obafemi Akinwunmi Martins have Joined Chinese Super League, Shanghai Shenhua Football Club.

 Martins rejoined Shanghai Shenhua, the Chinese FA Cup winners, after over two years since his last competitive match for the Club, and been sidelined due to series of injuries.

The 35-year-old former Inter Milan and Newcastle United forward was without a club last year as he battled a hamstring injury.

The former Birmingham Football Club of England striker, with whom he won the Carling Cup against Arsenal, coming on  to score the winner in a 2-1 triumph at the Wembly Stadium back in 2007, first game was in April 2018 for Chinese Super League side Shenhua, for whom he scored 32 goals in 59 matches during his previous spell.

Shenhua did not say how long Martins’ new contract is for but he helps replace fellow Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, who is on loan at Manchester United.

Martins, who turns 36 in October, hit 18 goals in 42 appearances for Nigeria before retiring from national duty.

Shenhua will open the delayed Chinese Super League season on July 25 against Fabio Cannavaro’s reigning champions Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club.

The CSL is kicking off five months late because of coronavirus.

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