Chan brace gives HK edge over Bangladesh

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 February, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong opened their 2008 Olympic qualifying campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over Bangladesh in Dhaka last night. Chan Siu-ki was on target for the SAR's under-23 squad, the Kitchee striker scoring in each half. Chan also set up Shum Kwok-keung for the second goal.

Hong Kong will play host to Bangladesh next Wednesday for the return leg and if they win, they will meet Japan, Malaysia and Syria in the next stage.

Twenty of Asia's lowest-ranked teams are required to take part in the preliminaries with the 10 winners advancing to a second qualifying stage against the continent's top 14 sides. Only three teams will make it to Beijing in 2008 after two more rounds of qualifiers.

In another preliminary match, newcomers to Asian football, Australia, thrashed Taiwan 11-0 in Adelaide. The Aussies will arrive in Hong Kong tonight to prepare for the return leg in Taipei next week. They will then come back to Hong Kong for the Lunar New Year Cup, which also features the Chinese and Jamaican under-23 teams and a Hong Kong League XI combination.