New recruit's five-star show for Shaheen
Former Chinese international Meng Xianfei made a huge impact for his new club Shaheen, scoring five goals as Hong Kong Football Club 'B' were humbled 10-3 in the Premier League at King's Park yesterday.
Meng, who turned out for KCC last season, was in outstanding form as he banged in the five field goals to give Shaheen the perfect start to their title aspirations this season.
'He is a good striker and today he made a big contribution to the club,' said Shaheen's Farouq Saeed, who also netted a goal from a penalty corner. The other goals were scored by William Sin, who grabbed a hat-trick, Asif Ali.
Shaheen have relied on star striker Asghar Ali in the past, but with Meng in their ranks, Shaheen's strike force has become far more potent.
'Once he gets the ball he can be quite dangerous,' said Shaheen defender and Hong Kong captain Akbar Ali.
'Last year he had to do all the work at KCC and had to run a lot. Hopefully this year, he won't have to do as much work, but just concentrate on scoring goals.'
Shaheen were missing several players, including Alfonso Cordeiro and the Mohamed brothers - Swalikh and Mustafa - but they made light of their absence with Meng quickly into stride, scoring four of his five goals in the first 15 minutes.
Meng's performance for Shaheen will ring alarm bells among the rest of the opposition in the Premier League. With Asghar Ali also in the ranks, Shaheen will be able to field a lethal strike force. 'They can be a big threat to any club,' said Akbar Ali.
In the other game yesterday, KCC beat SSSC 4-2. Arif Ali collected a brace for KCC, both from penalty corners, while Harinder Bal and Saddick Khan got one each. Manjeet Singh and Harveer Sindhu scored for SSSC.