Former Nigeria international Osaze Odemwingie is optimistic he will pick up on his goal-scoring form at his new Indonesian club, Madura United.
The 35-year old scored 31 goals in 90 appearances for West Brom in the English Premier League between August 2010 and September 2013, has been without a club since leaving Rotherham in January, and was unveiled in Jakarta on Monday.
Odemwingie is the third high-profile signing after Ghana’s Micheal Essien and England’s Carlton Cole also joined the Indonesian first division club.
“I had no idea what it’s like here but I had a brief chat with Michael Essien and he gave me positive feedback,” Odemwingie explained n a chat with BBC Sport.
“These are exciting times for Indonesian football and I’m happy to be a part of it.
“To be regarded as a marquee signing is huge – I’ve played in different European countries but this place is really beautiful – and the people are very friendly.”
The former Super Eagles striker was capped 67 times for Nigeria, and scored on his debut against Kenya in 2002. He won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, and was part of the squad that finished in third place at the 2004, 2006 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Uzbekistan-born Nigerian played professionally in England, in Belgium, France and Russia, and have now been signed in Indonesia.
“I’ve scored goals at all the top clubs I played and I believe with the help of my teammates I can still do the same here,” he continued.
“Hopefully I can roll back the years by scoring important goals for Madura.”
Madura United finished third in the league last season.
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