HK face the unknown

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 February, 2007, 12:00am

The Hong Kong League XI will face Jamaica's Olympic football team in the 2007 Lunar New Year Cup tournament at Hong Kong Stadium later this month.

This year, the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has invited Olympic teams from Australia, China and Jamaica to compete in the annual showpiece.

At Wednesday's official draw, the Hong Kong League XI were pitted against Jamaica (3.15pm, February 18), with China taking on Australia at 5.15pm on the same day.

The winners will go through to the finals (8.15pm, February 21), while the losers will battle for the third/fourth place at 6pm.

The competition will give the teams a chance to shape their squads for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Hong Kong assistant coach, Dejan Antonic, said China - who as hosts would get automatic entry to the Games - could be their toughest opponents.

'China is the strongest team, not only are they experienced, but they have played for a long time. Their organisation is very good. They have also prepared well for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. If we can meet China in the finals, it will be a good game,' he said.

'Jamaica will be the surprise package. I'm not sure how they are going to play. I have followed the other teams before, and they're not bad.

'Of course we have a chance to do well at the tournament. It's hard, but we'll try our best. We don't have a strategy yet. We [head coach Mior Casemiro] will talk about it later.'

The tournament will be on a knockout format, with the first two matches being held on the first day of the Lunar New Year, February 18.

Tickets are available at the HKFA offices and the Hong Kong Stadium. One-day tickets cost HK$40 for students and senior citizens (HK$80, HK$100, HK$160, and HK$200 for adults). Two-day tickets can be purchased at HK$60 for students and senior citizens (HK$130, HK$160, HK$260, and HK$320 for adults).

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Hong Kong League XI

Goalkeepers: Zhang Chunhui (South China), Domingos Chan (Sun Hei)

Defenders: Man Pei-tak (South China), Lee Wai-lun (Sun Hei), Cristiano Preigchadt Cordeiro (Sun Hei), Chan Wai-ho (Rangers), Gerard Ambassa Guy (Happy Valley), Leung Chun-pong (Citizen)

Midfielders: Lee Kin-wo (Sun Hei), Vandre Sagrillo Monteiro (Happy Valley), Festus Baise (Citizen), Cheung Sai-ho (Happy Valley), Wilfed Ndzedzeni Bamnjo (Kitchee), Fladimir Da Cruz Freitas (Sun Hei), Li Haiqiang (South China)

Forwards: Au Wai-lun (South China), Christian Kwesi Annan (Wofoo Tai Po), Keith Jerome Gumbs (Kitchee), Tales Schutz (South China), Jaimes Anthony McKee (Hong Kong Football Club)