As the new season of the Chinese Super League kicked off Friday, facts have now emerged that the CSL pumped in a whooping
£320m, about N123billion (One hundred and twenty three billion naira) on transfers.
The transfer included but not limited to that of Nigerian internationals John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Brown Ideye, and Anthony Ujah among others. Other players whose transfers helped to swell the sum include Argentine international Carlos Tevez and Oscar.
The reason for pumping in so much money according to the CSL is not only to lift the standard of the game in the country but also attract more fans to the stadium.
Despite the huge amount pumped in just before the close of transfer window and beginning of the season, the new season kicked off with Anthony Ujah’s Lianoning Whowin taking on Guizhou Zhicheng Friday at the Guizhou Zhicheng’s 52,888-seater capacity stadium with the supporters completely missing. The match was played in a near empty stadium despite the hype and fanfare ahead of the opening match.
Meanwhile Nigerian international Anthony Ujah was not listed in the match that ended in a 1-1 draw.
Hosts Guizhou Zhicheng maintained 64% possession and had been tipped to emerge victorious, but Lianoning Whowin made their
36% possession count converting a 14th minute penalty before the hosts managed to equalise in the 54th minute via a penalty.
There are indications however that the fans may begin to head for the stadium as subsequent games billed for Saturday and
Sunday take the centre stage. Super Eagles captain who now doubles as captain of his new Chinese club Tianjin Teda will lead his teammates out against Shandong Luneng on Saturday, but Obafemi Martins will have to wait till Sunday when he and teammate Carlos Tevez file out against visiting Jiangsu Suning.