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Another African Leaves for China

Nigerian Brown Ideye has joined the recent surge of players taking their talents to China.

The former West Bromwich Albion player will join his countrymate John Obi-Mikel and Gabon international Malick Evouna at Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda.

The 28-year-old made the decision to leave Greek club Olympiakos and sign a three-year deal with the Chinese club, who are set to open their season next month.

Tianjin Teda finished in 11th in the Chinese Super League last season and they are hoping that the inclusion of both Ideye and Obi-Mikel will see them move up in the table.

Ideye enjoyed his time at Olympiakos scoring 28 goals in 65 appearances after joining from West Bromwich Albion in 2014.  West Bromwich Albion’s then record signing failed to justify his price tag and was ultimately forced out joining Olympiakos in August 2015. Ideye helped his side towards the 2016 Greek championship, his first league title in Europe.

He made his international debut for the Super Eagles in August 2010 and has since scored six goals in 27 appearances for his nation.

Ideye played a large part in Nigeria’s third Africa Cup of Nations title in 2013, scoring in the 4-1 semi-final victory against Mali.

Tianjin Teda will open their season against Shandong Luneng on March 4th.

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Mitchell P. Rozansky

Mitchell P. Rozansky is a promising journalism scholar, member of the St. Bonaventure University Community and Editor-In-Chief of Globe Afrique Media, publisher of globeafrique.com. Prior to serving as editor in chief, he was entertainment editor of the media group, covering news stories and articles on sports, lifestyles, TV/films, music, and fashion.

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