Kitchee's Lo fulfils his promise with top award
Full-back Lo Kwan-yee was crowned Hong Kong Footballer of the Year last night as Kitchee players dominated the awards.
Six players from the treble winners were picked for the best squad of the season, with Lo taking the top prize. 'I did not expect to become the Football of the Year at such an age, I would expect winning it approaching the end of my career,' said the 27-year-old, whose prize included HK$35,000 and a holiday in Phuket.
'Kitchee have achieved a memorable season, but it couldn't happen without the contribution of all players, officials and the management. They all deserve the recognition.'
Lo broke into the Rangers first team at only 15. 'There have been ups and downs and my family even told me to quit at one stage as I hadn't won anything,' he said. 'But I knew I could still have a future if I continued to work hard. It was not until last season that we won the league and this season is even better.'
Other Kitchee players in the Best 11 were Zeshan Rehman, Daniel Cancela, Lam Ka-wai, Chu Siu-kei and Jorge Tarres. The rest of the team was: Yapp Hung-fai, Joel Bertoti (South China); Festus Baise, Yuto Nakamura (Citizen); and Lee Hong-lim (Pegasus).
Meanwhile, Kitchee coach Josep Gombau, who won the Best Coach for the second consecutive year last night, said they were in negotiation with former Barcelona youth team player Jonathan Carril for next season.