August 14, 2020

From Ivorian student to footballer in China – with help from coronavirus

Shanghai (AFP) – When Tobi Junior makes his debut in China’s second division it will be the realisation of a life-long dream stretched across three continents — with coronavirus giving an unusual helping hand.The striker from the Ivory Coast earned his first professional football contract at the age of 25 when he joined Jiangxi Liansheng in China League One last month.Proudly showing off the paperwork — the club say the deal is for six months initially — Junior described his journey from West Africa to China, punctuated by an aborted trial in Greece and a stint in England.Junior once had a …


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