‘As if I was in the stadium again’ – Wuhan’s Jean Evrard Kouassi on team’s return to city

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Ivorian discusses being away for 104 days, including a difficult time in Spain where ‘people looked at us very differently’

Jean Evrard Kouassi exhales and struggles for words to describe the journey he and his Wuhan Zall teammates have completed. Over the past week he has taken joy in the things that, for an Ivorian footballer living on the opposite side of the world, would usually serve as basic punctuation points in the day. Sleeping in his own bed, cooking his own food, watching his own television; the happiness in recovering these simple freedoms has been profound, even if he cannot stop his mind drifting to an experience that will never leave him. “This is a year I’ll never forget,” he tells the Guardian. “A very, very strange moment. Many things have happened to me that I will never forget in my life.”

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Written by Nick Ames
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‘As if I was in the stadium again’ – Wuhan’s Jean Evrard Kouassi on team’s return to city

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