Footie fan braves all-night queue

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 May, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 May, 1997, 12:00am

Ngai Shun-kuen, 23, joined more than 100 soccer fans queueing outside the Hong Kong Stadium for tickets to the match between Manchester United and South China on July 20.

A second-year student, Mr Ngai is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Hong Kong.

He is a key player in the university's badminton team, which was ranked fourth in the inter-college competition held in February.

Mr Ngai lives with his parents and an elder sister in Sha Tin.

The stadium's box office starts selling tickets from 11 am today, but the first people in the queue, including Mr Ngai, started lining up on Monday night.

What's on your mind? I'm very tired. I just finished my yearly examination at noon today and now have to spend the night here. But that's my choice - I really want to watch the match.

What have you brought with you to spend the night on the street? I've only brought a jacket with me. I did not expect to start queueing so early. But when I got here at 7 pm there were already over 100 people here. I had no choice but to join the queue.

I'm going to call some friends who live nearby to bring me some food for dinner.

Isn't it a bit crazy to queue overnight for a ticket? Yes, my family and girlfriend said so. I asked my classmates to wait with me, but they said it was not worth spending so much time queueing just to watching a match. So I'll buy one ticket and go by myself.

What are you expecting from the match? Well, the result is expected. I just want to see the players. It will be great fun to see how world-class players play the game. It's so disappointing some reports said Eric Cantona might not come.

What are you going to do in the next few days? Sleep. I really need a good rest, as I've been studying hard since March for the exam.

I am attending a two-month training internship with a sewage treatment company next month, so I also have to make some preparation for that.