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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 May, 2005, 12:00am

The Hong Kong hockey vice-captain, 29, will lead local champions Shaheen against Football Club today with the prestigious Holland Cup at stake. Ali , who has represented Hong Kong since the age of 14, revealed how his passion for hockey started.

When did you start playing?

When I was small, children from the neighbourhood all played hockey. My brothers and I watched them play on a football pitch near where we live in Robinson Road. They also taught us how to play and soon we were in love with the sport.

How do you feel playing with your three brothers in the same team?

There's nothing too special about it. We practise hard to improve our fitness and skills. Each of us puts in a lot of effort. But hockey is a game of 11 players, not just of four of us. Co-operation and good understanding among all the players are more essential.

Were you satisfied with your team's performance against Guangdong in the Super League?

We'd given our all but lost 2-1. In fact, we had more shooting chances but we just lacked the luck to deliver them in the goal. Guangdong are the best Chinese team and I don't have much to say about our defeat.

How do you find living in Hong Kong?

Although I am a Pakistani, I was born and raised in Hong Kong. I love the life here. I visited Pakistan 10 years ago and found that the place and lifestyle were unfamiliar. I don't think I will go back.

What are your other hobbies?

I like surfing in Big Wave Bay and Lantau. I love soccer and golf too.

What was the most memorable game or experience during your hockey career?

When I decided to play for Hong Kong at the 1998 Asian Games, my boss sacked me because I would be away for a month. It took me several months to find a new job. But then I thought my choice was correct because few people have the chance to take part in the Asian Games and the feeling of having all the athletes around you and the audience cheering for you was really wonderful.