By John Smith • 29 January 2020 • 15:18
HAVING been out of their home city since January 2, the Wuhan Zall football team have been allowed into Spain as they had been out of the Wuhan prior to the outbreak of the Corona virus and had shown no symptoms of illness.
Prior to their arrival at Malaga Airport from Istanbul, they had spent some time in Shanghai as well as Guangzhou and will be staying in Sotogrande for what was originally planned as part of their winter training session but could become an extended break.
This is the second time that the Chinese team has headed towards San Roque and Sotogrande and the 27 players in the squad plus staff including Spanish head coach José González have been cleared for arrival by the health authorities of the Junta de Andalucia but they will remain in Spain past their intended departure date of February 14 as Wuhan City is on lockdown as the centre of the outbreak of the virus.
It appears that at least one friendly match with Russian team Krasnodar which had been planned has been cancelled but they hope to continue with training and possibly organise other friendly matches.
Spain is popular with Chinese clubs for training and shortly the Costa del Sol will welcome the Dalian Yifang team (which is based hundreds of kilometres away from Wuhan) and their popular Spanish coach, Rafa Benítez.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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