Flowers sweeter thanks to new sponsor

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 March, 2002, 12:00am

Struggling Hong Kong First Division side Double Flowers received a shot in the arm with the announcement that German car manufacturers Opel will sponsor the club for the rest of the season.

The announcement was made at the Hong Kong Football Association headquarters yesterday, although Opel officials remained tight lipped on details of the sponsorship deal. The club's name will remain unchanged.

Opel sales manager Michael Shum Kwok-shing said there was also a possibility that top European sides like AC Milan and Paris St Germain, who are also sponsored by Opel, would play exhibition matches in Hong Kong in future.

'This is what we intend to do and we hope these sides could appear in Hong Kong possibly at the end of the year,' said Shum. 'Opel has laid down the corporate ground work and thought it was not necessary to sponsor the best teams in the First Division.

'We know that Double Flowers has been struggling a bit so we thought it would be good if they were given some help by offering them sponsorship. We might also sponsor them for next season although that has not been discussed yet.'

'The sponsorship also comes at a good time because they are Senior Challenge Shield matches and FA Cup coming up.'

Double Flowers are lying bottom of the seven-team league with four points from nine matches. Formed in 1979, the team have one victory this season - a 2-0 win over Club in the league.

Double Flowers play league champions Happy Valley in the first round of the Senior Challenge Shield tomorrow at Mongkok Stadium.