By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Former indomitable Lions Captain Stephane Mbia Etoundi is stock in Cameroon and can’t leave the country for his Chinese based club Shanghai Greenland Shenshua, due to tough traveling restrictions put in place by the Cameroon government to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
The 34-year-old who was unveiled to the S.H Shenshua faithful on January 24, 2020, has hardly had a kick of the ball with his new colours, as he made the transit when the Covid-19 was at its peak.
“In reality, I am in Cameroon, and my teammates who are in China are telling me that things are gradually taking shape. I hope that I can go to Shanghai and join my team as soon as possible,” Mbia has told Journalists.
On January 30, China delayed the start of its domestic football season because of the escalation of the coronavirus, which made a nuisance of itself, claiming more than 170 lives at that time.
China is however set to begin the coronavirus-delayed Chinese Super League (CSL) season in late June or early July, as a club chairman told the press some five days back, due to the massive improvement of results as regards the Covid-19.
S.H Shenshua is Stephane Mbia’s third Chinese top-flight club after Hebei China Fortune and most recently Wuhan Zall. The two times Europa League winner had a sublime stay with Hebei China Fortune as he scored nine in 39 games from 2016-2018 but his stay with Wuhan Zall wasn’t covered with glory, with him he registering no goal in 24 appearances.
Mbia will be looking to return to Mainland China and resume duties once the traveling restrictions in Cameroon are relaxed.
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