With the world’s eyes fixated on China and the Asian continent at large as the Coronavirus continues to escalate, South Africans will be relieved to know their very own son, soccer striker Dino Ndlovu is safe and sound.
Ndlovu’s Chinese Super League outfit Zhejiang Greentown FC has since moved from its home base of Hangzhou to Turkey and will only return to China upon receiving the green light from the Chinese government.
Ndlovu, in the audio below, shares the precautionary measures his club has undertaken.
China has suspended all domestic football, which sees the new CSL season that was scheduled to kick-off on the 22nd of February tabled aside by a further eight weeks.
Zhejiang Greentown initially moved to Thailand in early January before locating to Turkey and the Klerksdorp-born Ndlovu says Abu Dhabi might just be their next home. He adds it’s demotivating for them as players to just be training.
Fanatically followed across China with well-off clubs injecting millions into the game, the Chinese League has over the years become home to many African players and the likes of Stephane Mbia of Cameroon and Nyasha Mushekwi of Zimbabwe are currently plying their trade there also.
Ndlovu, who has netted in 36 goals for his side over the past two seasons admits the uncertainty is nerve-wracking for foreign players.
Athletics Championships postponed
Meanwhile, the World Indoor Athletics Championships scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing in March have been postponed to next year following advice from the World Health Organisation.
In Australia, China’s Women’s football team has been quarantined in a Brisbane hotel after arriving for an Olympic qualifying competition which had been originally due to take place in Wuhan. – Report by Tumi Gabonamong