Fans of Wuhan Zall, the Chinese football club from the epicentre of the coronavirus, will Sunday attend their first match since lockdown — and many were so excited they couldn’t sleep.
For some, like Gao Yajun, it is the first time they have left the central city of Wuhan since the coronavirus emerged there late last year.
The 42-year-old is a Wuhan Zall fanatic who has her nails painted in their orange-and-white colours, an orange streak in her hair and a face mask with the team’s fiery emblem.
“I don’t think I can fall asleep tonight, we couldn’t even get to sleep last night because we were so excited,” Gao said on the eve of the Chinese Super League (CSL) clash against title contenders Beijing Guoan in Suzhou, near Shanghai.
“I saw that everyone else was awake too, chatting in the (online) group.
“And then at 4:00 am someone said,