Osaze hopes to score ‘important’ goals for new club Madura Utd

Osaze hopes to score 'important' goals for new club Madura Utd

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.”

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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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