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ASEAN & East Asia Wrap: Recoveries, resumptions and remembrance


Kuala Lumpur: There has been plenty of positive news in recent days, with a star player's recovery from illness in Japan and confirmation that football is set to return in Korea Republic in the near future among the headlines. 

Elsewhere, Ramadan got underway, Australia marked ANZAC Day and domestic action continued in Chinese Taipei, so join the-AFC.com as we round up the action on and off the pitch.

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Japan: Welcome back Gotoku!

Vissel Kobe and former Japan defender Gotoku Sakai was discharged from the hospital on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19 at the end of last month.

Teammates current and old, including some big names of the game, sent their messages to welcome the 29-year-old back into the football fold.


Korea Republic: K League prepares to kick off

It's been a long time coming, but the K League will finally get underway on Friday, May 8 with a clash of the heavyweights as defending champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors host Suwon Samsung Bluewings.

The league had originally been scheduled to start on February 29, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In line with government quarantine guidelines, all matches will be played behind closed doors until further notice.


Chinese Taipei: Third win in a row for Taipower

Perennial runners-up Taipower continue to lead the way as the early front runners in the Chinese Taipei Premier League after defeating Ming Chuan University 2-0 on Sunday to tally nine points from their opening three ties.

Defending champions Tatung FC dropped points once more, sharing a 2-2 scoreline with Taichung Futuro, while Hang Yuan FC look to position themselves as Taipower's challengers with their 2-0 win over TSU FC putting them in second, two points behind Taipower.

Tainan City, who had been projected to be favourites for the 2020 title, had a scare against bottom side Red Lions but eventually prevailed 3-2 in a rollercoaster tie.


Indonesia: Simic gives thanks to healthworkers

Persija Jakarta striker Marko Simic is one of the most popular players of one of Indonesia's most popular clubs, so it's no surprise to find fans of his across all sectors - including the frontline healthcare workers!

Simic took to his Instagram to give thanks to the "health heroes" and post a photo of one of them who had customised their protective gown with the player's name and number.


Australia: ANZAC Day

On April 25, Australia commemorates ANZAC Day and the football community came together as one to remember the Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.


Malaysia: Happy Ramadan from Safee and family

Petaling Jaya City striker Safee Sali and his family indulged in some light-hearted fun by joining the #brushchallenge to wish everyone a Happy Ramadan after the month-long observance kicked off on Thursday.


Thailand: Mika Chunuonsee's Yoga workout

Thailand and Bangkok United defender Mika Chunuonsee shows off some impressive flexibility along with his partner Taya Rogers, testament to the Yoga regime he has been practising during the COVID-19 lockdown in Thailand.

Looking good, Mika!


China PR: A Feliz Cumpleanos in the Wu Lei household

It was birthday time for Wu Lei's son at the end of last week, and the China PR and Espanyol forward posted a video and photos of the celebrations on his Instagram.

Seems like their Spanish is coming on just fine, too!

Photos: Taichung Futuro, Vissel Kobe

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