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ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Homecomings, challenges and match action


Kuala Lumpur: As football continues its extended hiatus in the majority of countries across Asia and beyond, the players have been coming up with new ways of keeping entertained.

In this week's look back at what the stars have been up to off the pitch, we bring you sporting challenges and fashion views, as well as a special return home in China, league action from Chinese Taipei and a special birthday in Indonesia.

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China PR: Wuhan return home

After spending 104 days on the road due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wuhan Zall made an emotional return home on Saturday after lockdown measures have been eased, allowing the players and staff the chance to be reunited with their families.

One of their more renowned stars, Brazilian Rafael Silva, was among the group to arrive at the city's train station and Wuhan fans will hope to see the former AFC Champions League winner back on the pitch before long.


Chinese Taipei: Taipower stay perfect

The second round of fixtures took place in Chinese Taipei over the weekend, with Taipower FC opening up a two-point lead at the top of the standings following a 1-0 victory over Tainan City which ensured they are the only team with a 100 percent record.

Elsewhere, defending champions Tatung FC picked up their first points of the season following a 4-0 victory over Taipei Red Lions, who have lost their opening two fixtures by the same scoreline.

Chinese Taipei's first-ever AFC Cup participants, Hang Yuan FC, played out a 1-1 draw against Taichung Futuro while TSU FC and Ming Chuan University drew 2-2.


Korea Republic: Pitch-perfect for Lee Dong-gook

He may have made a career out of scoring goals, but Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors veteran Lee Dong-gook proves his talents are not confined only to the football field.

In a #StayAtHome challenge with a twist, Lee executes his golf shot to perfection. Was that his first attempt, though? The jury is out.


Indonesia: Happy Birthday PSSI

The (PSSI) Football Association of Indonesia celebrated its 90th birthday on Sunday, April 19. Boasting a proud history, the Southeast Asian country was the first nation from the Continent to appear at the FIFA World Cup when – as the Dutch East Indies – they were part of the 1938 edition in France.


Thailand: Supachai lays down the challenge

There may be no football at present but Buriram United starlet Supachai Jaided and his teammates have not lost their touch yet, as they displayed when practicing their skills at Buriram Stadium.

Encouraging social distancing, forward Supachai lays down the challenge to his fans, asking them to submit their videos of playing the beautiful game at home.


Japan: Sartorial advice from Jay Bothroyd

Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo striker Jay Bothroyd was less than impressed with the colourful dress sense of teammate Musashi Suzuki.

Indeed, after seeing his club's selection of Suzuki's fashion choices, Bothroyd offered to take the Japanese international on a shopping spree when life returns to normal.


Australia: Stylista Schwegler

Staying on the topic of fashion, the Western Sydney Wanderers players were asked to name their best-dressed teammate and it was their Swiss midfielder Pirmin Schwegler who got the seal of approval.

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