"But I told my players it is the utmost honor to play for the national team," he added.
The South American zone's 2022 World Cup qualifiers had been scheduled to begin in late March but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On the Shandong side, Yang Hengyu contributed 16 points, while Qiao Yanzi added 12.
In the first competition day of Wuhan Zall, team of the hardest-hit city, fans are gathering with strong passion. For some, the fighting sprits of the matches may encourage them to overcome the stressful times.
Wu Tongtong, who scored a game-high 30 points, helped Shanxi seal the win, while Fang Min pocketed a team-high 17 points for Henan. Enditem
On the top floor of a downtown shopping mall, 29-year-old Sun Shaorong was sitting in a go-kart and wearing a pink helmet. The roar of the engine announced that she was ready to race with other five cars behind her.
Meanwhile Alaves has managed just one draw and suffered three defeats under new coach Pablo Machin, whose three-man defense has so far failed to work. The club from Vitoria is not known for being patient with its coaches and the fact it is the club's centenary season only adds to the pressure. The coach that loses this game on Sunday could lose more than three points. Enditem
Judging through her stats, it seemed that Fang has undergone a seamless connection from university to the professional league. Still, the hopeful had something to say about the vast difference between the two leagues.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2019-20 WCBA league concluded earlier than expected, after the 18th round on January 2, meaning the 2020-21 season's curtain raiser on October 1 was the league's first game in nine months.
"We will see several unusual results not only in the Bundesliga but all over Europe. I think we are ahead of an exciting season," the 60-year-old predicted.
Uruguay will face Chile in Montevideo on October 8 before meeting Ecuador in Quito five days later.