After joining the Chinese Super League side this June, the Senegalese star made an immediate impact by dazzling the spectators through his unstoppable form. He broke his C League duck by sealing a famous 3-1 victory against nemesis Beijing Guoan before, once again, scoring the match-winning goal in a 2-0 away win at Chongqing Lifan. All the more impressive was his goalscoring rate in the Chinese FA Cup semi-finals. The 30-year-old completed a hat-trick as Shanghai edged Beijing Enterprises Group 3-2 in first leg at home, before managing a brace in the return leg as his side won 4-1 away and thus progressed to the final 7-3 on aggregate.
"It proves a good move (to China PR)," the towering forward, basking in the glory of earning Shanghai their return to the Cup final for the first time since 1998, told FIFA in an exclusive interview. "I think I have made the right decision. After playing for several European clubs including Chelsea I opted to come to Shanghai. I wanted to see new things here, to get to know the Chinese people."
Ba is the first Senegalese to play in the Chinese league and he is the third former Chelsea star to move to Shanghai with both Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka having had a one-year spell in China's biggest city three years ago. Like the former Chelsea duo, he is looking to help his new team with his experiences. http://myfifashop.mobi/