Midfielders scoop joint recognition

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 May, 1998, 12:00am

Rangers midfielder Leung Chi-wing and Happy Valley midfielder Kwok Man-tik have vowed to work harder next season after being jointly named Hong Kong Youth Footballers of the Year at an awards ceremony.

The pair were selected by their fellow professionals and a panel of journalists at the Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) sponsored awards.

RTHK has sponsored the youth awards for 13 years and the senior awards for 21 years.

Chi-wing, 19, has improved in leaps and bounds over the year, while 20-year-old Man-tik has made an impact ever since he turned professional two years ago.

Man-tik is the better known of the two and a favourite at Happy Valley. He has shown creativity in midfield for his side, which won the Senior Challenge Shield.

Chi-wing, on the other hand, had never been recognised in an awards ceremony before and was pleasantly surprised when his name was called.

'I was rather surprised. There are quite a few good youth players in Hong Kong and to be selected is a real bonus for me, because my club had a fairly good season.

'Rangers at least avoided relegation and I am happy that I helped my team stay in the First Division,' he said.

'This award will encourage me to work even harder next season.' Man-tik said he felt honoured and encouraged after receiving the award.

'I hope to maintain my fitness throughout the summer so I can make a bigger impact at the start of next season,' he said.