Yakubu scores winner on Chinese Super League debut

The former Blackburn striker has hit the ground running in the Far East after his strike handed R&F victory in the Guangzhou derby on Sunday afternoon

Former Blackburn striker Yakubu scored on his Chinese Super League debut to help Guangzhou Fuli seal a 1-0 victory over local rivals Guangzhou Evergrande on Sunday.

Yakubu, who only moved to the club during the past week, scored his debut goal on 86 minutes off a close-range header from an in-swinging corner to start his China sojourn on a bright note.

This victory means that Fuli end their run of defeats and move up to the fifth position after knocking off the league leaders. They now have 27 points from 17 matches.

Yakubu is among a number of top African footballers who recently made the move across to China as that country hopes to increase the popularity of the game among locals.

Didier Drogba and Seydou Keita have both moved to Shanghai Shenhua and Dalian Aerbin respectively bringing lots of attention to the world’s most populated country.