China-based women football star Temwa Chawinga says she is still scared despite authorities lifting the 76-day lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The player is based in Wuhan City, the epicentre of the pandemic that has killed over 115 000 people globally.
The 21-year-old Wuhan FC forward was among the residents in the city who endured the most extensive and toughest set of restrictions.
Chawinga was quoted by Goal.com as having said: “The situation is getting better since the lockdown was relaxed in Wuhan and we can now go out briefly maybe for just two minutes.
“I am safe, but still feeling scared to go out. It has really been tough, but I just thank God for still being alive.”
She said it has not been easy to stay in one place or indoors for many weeks, particularly to be in the city where everyone sees you as the origin of the coronavirus.
“It’s been rough but I’m grateful to the club. They have been taking care of me and provide foodstuffa when I run out of stock since I cannot go out. I also train daily by myself at home because the coaches also send me some programmes.
“I also watch a lot of Nigerian movies when I’m bored. My parents too were scared and always called to check on me and most times to pray with me and urge me to do the same every time,” she said.
Her sister Tabitha, who plays for a Chinese top-flight league side Jiangsu Suning, said Temwa endured a tough experience.
“There was even a time when we planned to get her back home, but due to the conditions at that particular time, it was difficult.
“So, we just left it in the hands of God and He heard our prayers,” said the Scorchers captain in an interview yesterday.
Temwa’s team is set to resume training today.