Hong Kong correspondent Christopher KL Lau brings his regular round-up of all the very latest news, developments and other footballing points of interest from the SAR.
Hong Kong Power Past Cambodia
The national team have kept up their recent good form with a relatively comprehensive win over Cambodia in an international friendly match on September 1st held at Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong. Always in the driving seat at the best of times, Hong Kong were always ahead as Cambodia kept playing catch up to their opponents. Some reckless lapses in concentration allowed Cambodia to keep the game competitive and make the game much closer than it should ever have been. Goals from McKee (11th), Itaparica (31st), Alessandro Leonardo (42) and Lo Kwan Yee in the 85th minute placed significance distance between the home side and the visitors.
Cambodia showed flashes of skills though could only managed to pull two goals back. Hong Kong played with confidence and verve though through complacency, the home side constantly let the visitors back into the game when they clearly should have been dominating the game at all times.
Much to the frustration of fans, the game against Turkmenistan scheduled for September 6th has been cancelled due to the Turkmenistan side being beset with player injuries and administrative issues. Hong Kong now face Singapore on October 11th in another international friendly before they potentially host the East Asian championships qualifiers in November as Taiwan have pulled out from being hosts due to a lack of a proper venue.
South China Face Stern Test in AFC Cup
South China, Hong Kong’s last team standing in the AFC Cup will face the toughest of tests on September 13th, as they take on Johor Darul Ta’zim F.C who are currently first in the Malaysian league and are past champions. Ricardo Rambo’s side scrapped through the group stages by the tightest of margins after losing their first three games and then subsequently winning three games.
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