"I have stepped up my preparations and owing to the COVID-19 global shutdown, the Nairobi meeting will be my first competition this year and my wish is to see top elite athletes coming for the event in Nairobi and experience competing in Kenya," Sawe, who spends most his training in Paris under the guidance of Frenchman Moussa Fall, told Xinhua.
"We and our clubs have an extremely passionate fanbase in China and are looking forward to working with the team at Tencent to engage with fans in new ways over the coming season," he added.
"My buddy, I always believe you, support you and love you," Beijing teammate and Chinese international Zhai Xiaochuan wrote.
But there was no place for striker Edinson Cavani, who has yet to find a new club after parting ways with Paris Saint-Germain in June. The 33-year-old has not played since March.
Dortmund remained in full control of proceedings and should have added a sixth goal, but Julian Brandt lacked accuracy in the closing period.
Many Chinese netizens also showed understanding towards Lin's decision, while also speculating on his next move.
Augusto (2nd L) of Beijing Sinobo Guoan competes during the 11th round match between Hebei China Fortune and Beijing Sinobo Guoan at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 15, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Bo)
The 87-year-old Senegalese was sentenced to two years in prison, with another two years suspended. The court also imposed a fine of 500,000 euros (about 592,500 U.S. dollars) on Diack.
"I am very happy and excited. This is the next step for me. I hope to help the team and that we will fight for promotion to the Premier League. I spoke to my compatriot Krystian Bielik, who also plays here. He advised me to join the club," said the player.
Mexico will host Costa Rica at Azteca stadium on September 30 before meeting the Netherlands in Amsterdam on October 7.
Sharjah's chances of progressing to the next round now hang on their ability to collect three points in the reverse fixture on Friday.