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Oduwa: Living in London During COVID-19 was ‘Scary’

Club News
// 7 Jun 2020

Dundalk attacker Nathan Oduwa has spoken about the ‘scary’ experience of living in London when COVID-19 started to take a grip of the UK.

The 24-year-old returned home when Ireland went into lockdown, just three days after he signed for the SSE Airtricity League champions.

The official death toll in the UK now stands at 40,542 and speaking in a new, members exclusive episode of Home Check-In on the Dundalk FC Patreon page, Oduwa described how life in the English capital came to a standstill.

“London was quite scary, especially where I’m from in the centre of the city which is probably the busiest part of England. It was just empty, like a ghost town,” he said.

“There were no shops open and at one point I didn’t hear a car on my road. Usually, my road is full of cards. Seeing the numbers going up and up and up on the news every day, it was scary.

“At the same time, I was out training. Where I live there are no public parks, it’s usually private parks and they were all closed so I had to run on the roads and do gym work outside.

“The scary part for me was not me potentially getting ill, it was me having the illness and passing it on to family members,” he added. “I just had to make sure I was safe every time I came in from a workout or whenever I went out jogging.

“Everybody is fine, thankfully. My mum works for the NHS and she’s had a test done and she’s fine and since I’ve been back in Dundalk all the players have been tested and we’re all fine. Thank God because it’s a scary time for the world and to be still fit and healthy is a blessing.”

Oduwa, along with the rest of the Dundalk squad will return to training on Monday. The players and staff, along with those from Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Bohemians, have undergone two COVID-19 tests over the past fortnight with all of them returning negative.

Picture: Ciaran Culligan Photography

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