‘Simy’ Nwankwo of Italian club Crotone has described the Coronavirus outbreak that has ravaged the world as “the biggest game of our lives”.
Italy has become the worst-hit country after China, where the virus was first detected late last year.
The country has reported more than 1,266 deaths and 17,660 infections.
The government has since ordered a lockdown of the 60 million people in the country in a drastic attempt to stem the spread of this disease.
“This is the biggest game to play, the game of our lives. We need to join hands together and play it,” Nwankwo told Aljazeera.
“The medical officials have done a terrific job so far, and I have to praise them…the government is doing a great job as well…football can only take the back seat because it is not bigger than life.”
The striker said as a result of the lockdown he has been spending quality time with his wife and his daughter.
“This football life is fast. Training, flying out to matches. Because it is your career, being on the road, you miss out on some important aspect of life, which is spending enough time with your family,” he said.
“I have extra time for my wife and daughter now because we practically do everything together.
“It helps that we take advantage of this moment together.”