Anichebe joins Mikel, Ighalo in China

Victor Anichebe

Victor Anichebe has become the latest Nigerian export to China after joining Beijing Enterprises.

It was the club former Cote d’Ivoire and Newcastle midfielder, Cheick Tiote, played for at the time of his death on June 5.

Anichebe will be playing outside England for the first time, having previously represented Everton, West Brom and most recently, Sunderland.

He spent only one season at the Stadium of Light after the club failed to renew his contract following their relegation from the Premier League.

The 29-year-old joins compatriots, Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye and Obafemi Martins in the Asian nation.

But unlike the quartet, Anichebe’s new club ply their trade in the second tier, known as the Chinese League One.

Enterprises are currently ranked 11th midway into the season and are already hoping the addition of the Nigerian will enhance their promotion chase.

“We are delighted with the signing of Victor, who played in the Premier League,” club manager, Gao Hongbo, announced in a press conference on Saturday.

“It’s a positive development for our whole club.

“Victor hasn’t trained on the pitch since the Premier League season ended, so it may take a while for him to integrate into our team. We have to be patient.”

Anichebe scored just three goals in 19 appearances for Sunderland last season.

He has been capped 11 times by the Super Eagles, scoring once.