Obafemi Martins, Nigerian striker, rejoins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua

Obafemi Martins, Nigerian striker, rejoins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua

- Obafemi Martins has made a return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua

- The Nigerian striker will replace Odion Ighalo who is at Manchester United on loan

- Odion Ighalo has been impressive for Manchester United this season

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After more than two years that he last played any competitive football, Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins has rejoined Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

At the age of 35, fans would have been expecting the former Super Eagles star to announce his retirement, but Obafemi Martins is not yet done with football.

Obafemi Martins was last involved in a professional game in April 2018 for Shanghai Shenhua where he scored 32 goals in 59 games in what was an incredible record.

But last year, Obafemi Martins was unable to play any game at all because of the career threatening injury he sustained.

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He has however recuperated from the hamstring injury and Obafemi Martins is now ready to return to the pitch for active football.

Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua did not reveal the nature of the contract Obafemi Martins signed for them, but he will be a replacement for Odion Ighalo who is on loan at Manchester United.

Odion Ighalo was expected to return to China in May, but the Nigerian wants to finish the ongoing Premier League season with Manchester United.

Obafemi Martins, Nigerian striker, rejoins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua
Obafemi Martins, Nigerian striker, rejoins Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua (photo: Getty)
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The Red Devils extended his contract till January next year before another decision will be taken on his future.

Martins was known for his superb attacking football while playing for the Super Eagles and retired from the national team after 42 games with 18 goals.

Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Sky Sports analyst Chris Kamara made a big blunder while covering Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace in one of the midweek fixtures at the Selhurst Park.

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A goal each from Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong in either half of the encounter saw the Saints run away with maximum points.

The victory was also the visitors' ninth in the ongoing season as they rank ninth on the log with 32 points one better than Arsenal who are tenth on the table.

One of the highlights of the game for those watching from the television was when 62-year-old pundit Kamara told Gillette Soccer Special that Nigeria's Obafemi Martins led the attack for the away team instead of striker Michael Obafemi.

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