Blow for Club as ground 'closed'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 October, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 October, 1993, 12:00am

CLUB'S ground in Sports Road has been declared a ''no-go'' area for First Division matches for the rest of the year after Voicelink's complaint that the facilities are not up to standard.

Voicelink claimed the lighting was bad and the pitch bumpy and smaller than the standard size after their 2-1 defeat by Club two weeks ago.

The Hong Kong FA's management committee last night decided not to arrange any more fixtures at the ground until action is taken to remedy the faults.

They have changed the venue of Club's three home matches for the rest of the year. Club will now play Happy Valley at Mongkok Stadium on November 19 and Instant-Dict and Kitchee at the Shamshuipo Sports Ground on November 15 and 29 respectively.

The committee have also found a date for South China's Asian Cup-Winners Championship quarter-final home tie against India's East Bengal.

It has been scheduled at the Mongkok Stadium on November 22, a week after the first leg in Calcutta. The dates have to be approved by the Asian Football Confederation.

The HKFA had difficulty fitting the South China-East Bengal match into the tight domestic programme and was only able to do so after Happy Valley agreed to change the date of their match against South China.

That match, originally scheduled for November 19, has been put forward to November 9 at the Mongkok Stadium.