April 20 – Wuhan Zall, the Chinese Super League team based at the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, have made an emotional return to their home city after more than three months’ forced isolation.
The players had initially been stranded at their winter training camp in Spain when the virus peaked in Wuhan in January. By the time they had arrived in Malaga, residents in Wuhan were living under strict lockdown measures.
After transiting in Germany, they finally landed in Shenzhen on March 16 and underwent three weeks’ quarantine before returning to Wuhan.
The squad were greeted by jubilant fans, dressed in the team’s orange colour, when they arrived in Wuhan by train on Saturday evening for the first time in 104 days. Wearing masks, the players had bouquets of flowers thrust into their hands.
“After more than three months of wandering, the homesick Wuhan Zall team members finally set foot in their hometown,” the team said on social media.
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