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Wang Shuang savours Chinese Women's Super League title triumph after tough year


Wuhan: China PR icon Wang Shuang has expressed her delight after Wuhan Jiangda overcame a tough year to win the 2020 Chinese Women's Super League title.

Wuhan defeated Jiangsu Suning 4-0 in Sunday's final and it was also a personal triumph for midfielder Wang.

Wang, the 2018 AFC Women's Player of the Year, was among the millions of Wuhan residents who were locked down in their homes for more than two months from late January as the city battled the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the 25-year-old kept fit by training indoors and missed the Women's Olympic Qualifiers in Australia.

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"After all these years, it's the first time for Wuhan to win the national title. It's extra special considering we did it in such a challenging time amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Wuhan native Wang to chinadaily.com.

"Personally speaking, it's my third league title. The previous two were with Dalian, and this time I helped my hometown to victory. I want to thank everyone who contributed to building the team and strengthening us for victory.

"The title belongs to the city of Wuhan. It has not been easy for all of us."

Wang finally returned to the pitch in April, when she was reunited with the China PR squad for a training camp.

"I thought a lot during that time. Because of the pandemic, we stayed at home for several months without any systematic training," said the former Paris Saint-Germain playmaker.

"When the league returned this year, we just thought we finally have our chance, we have to bring the league title back to the city. It's a gift for all the medical workers and all the people who supported and fought for Wuhan."

After savouring the title triumph, Wang's focus will now shift to next year's Tokyo Olympics, with China to face Korea Republic in the playoff for the sole remaining ticket to the postponed Games.

The two-legged playoff is scheduled for early next year and Wang is determined to help China qualify.

"As long as I stand on the pitch, I will try my best in each match," she said.

Having shown just how strong her will is, China can surely count on Wang playing her part in their Olympic qualificiation bid.

Photos: Chinese Football Association, AFP

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