Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba scored the equaliser for his new club Shanghai Shenhua after scoring in the 1-1 draw with Guangzhou R&F. Drogba was making his debut for his club after a gap of eight years.

The last time Drogba made his debut for a new club was way back in 2004 when he was a £ 24 million signing from Marseille. This time around, he is a free agent. However, Didier Drogba is one of the highest earning footballers in the world. He was on the bench for the match against Guangzhou R&F knowing that he would get his debut sooner rather than later.

His club Shanghai Shenhua, though, were struggling on the pitch. As a result, the manager decided to bring on the former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. It was a move that paid instant dividends after he scored on his debut to help his team returned home with a point. As a result of this point, the club now climb up to the 12th position in the table. When Drogba scored in the 68th minute, it was almost his first touch of the match. He was impressed throughout the match, while playing alongside his former strike partner at Chelsea – Nicolas Anelka.

“I am happy that everything went right in my first 45 minutes here. It was a little bit hard for me to get into the game at the beginning, but when I got used to the rhythm, I began to enjoy the game. I am feeling good now and was accustomed to all things in China now. It is very comfortable playing alongside my former team-mate Nicolas Anelka,” said Drogba after the match. Former Blackburn striker Yakubu was quick to praise the Ivory Coast international by saying that he can make Shanghai Shenhua extremely successful.