|African Soccer Stars Flock to China|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Jul 11, 2012, 05:50 PM|
BEIJING: Super star African soccer players are moving to China, which opens a new eastern frontier for soccer talent.
The BBC News reports that, “after Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba left newly-crowned European champions Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua last month, a number of other seasoned African internationals have quickly followed suit.”
Yakubu Aiyengbeni, a Nigerian striker, departed English side Blackburn Rovers for Guangzhou R&F for a three-year deal, which was swiftly followed by Mali’s Frederic Kanoute, who signed a two-year deal with Beijing Guoan having left Spanish side Sevilla.
According to the BBC News, “they have now been joined by Kanoute’s compatriot, Seydou Kelta, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Dalian Aerbin, after winning 14 trophies with Spanish giants Barcelona.”
James Porteous of the South China Morning Post said, “the league – or at least a handful of clubs – is awash with money from club owners, who are often developers riding the huge property bubble in China.”
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