2 MINUTES WITH... Ambassa Guy
The 25-year-old Cameroonian, who is in his sixth year in the SAR and his fourth season with Happy Valley, will represent Hong Kong in this week's Carlsberg Cup.
You seem to be a regular fixture every Lunar New Year?
Yeah. This year is my fifth time. The first one was the best. We played against Mexico and Bulgaria . It was really exciting and we played really well. We only lost to Mexico on penalties, but we played really, really well. We had a good team at that time.
How does this year's team compare with that one?
The difference then was we had more foreigners, it was almost all foreigners so it was stronger than this year, now that we have more Chinese players involved. But the Cantonese players have improved because they've played more competitions, more international games, this year. They've improved technically and tactically. Their confidence is better now. There's a big difference. You need games at this level. You need more games for confidence and experience. They played well in Japan and they won the Guangdong Cup. It makes me happy to see them like this. I think we can play better football.
Each year everyone is desperate for the League XI to do well. What are your chances of beating Honduras in your first match?
Football is unpredictable., The last time we played them in 2002 we played very well too, but we were unlucky to concede a goal in the last minute. Every time you play a game you have to think positively. You have to thank you are going to win, otherwise you should just stay at home.
What does it mean for the 'legionnaires' to be included in the League XI squad?
It means more recognition, about the way we play and our level. It means we have to help the Cantonese guys. These are the best players in Hong Kong. It boosts our confidence to be selected.
Does it make you feel like you're an international footballer?
Representing the Hong Kong XI for me is the same feeling as playing for Cameroon. You're representing a country. You have to play your best. You're playing against bigger and stronger opponents. You play better in front of a big crowd. They encourage you.