Nigeria International Odemwingie Join Michael Essien, Cole In Indonesia. Odemwingie on Monday after a successful medical was signed on to Indonesian first division club, Madura United FC. The club on Monday confirmed the signing of Odemwingie as a marquee player for the 2017 League 1 season. The club also confirmed the arrival of the former Nigerian international via their Twitter handle @MaduraUnitedFC, writing “Welcome Peter Osaze Odemwingie!” and posting a photograph of a club shirt with Odemwingie’s name on it.
The 35-year old became the third high profile signing after the duo of Micheal Essien and Carlton Cole also joined Indonesian first division club.
During the unveiling ceremony for Odemwingie in Jakarta on Monday, the President of the club Achsanul Qosasi and the club manager Haruna Sumitro presented the former Nigerian international to the club fans ahead of their league opener.
The 35-year-old, who previously featured for Cardiff City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion FC was quoted on an Indonesian website beritajatim.com as saying: “Taretan, see you in Madura.”
While the details of the contract for Odemwingie were not revealed, the player was handed the Number 24 jersey.
Capped 67 times by Nigeria, Odemwingie’s final chapters in English football were at Championship clubs Bristol City and Rotherham – having been a free agent since leaving the latter following a seven-game stint.
Born in Uzbekistan, he also played in Belgium, France and Russia before spending the last seven years in English football including stints with Premier League sides West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.
He marked his Nigeria debut with a goal against Kenya in Lagos in 2002, and was widely regarded as one of the most committed and dedicated players to have represented his country.
As well as winning a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, he was part of the squad that finished in third place at the 2004, 2006 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.