Beckham roadshow coming to town

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 February, 2008, 12:00am

Hong Kong supporters will get another chance to see English superstar in action

David Beckham is on his way to Hong Kong. After two days of meetings and discussions, the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) has agreed to sanction an exhibition match between Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy and a South China Invitation Team on Sunday week.

'An agreement has been reached with the promoter and the match is definitely on,' HKFA deputy secretary Lam Shing-kui said yesterday.

'We are now working out the logistics with the parties involved, and more details will be released in the next couple of days so tickets can be available as soon as possible.'

Lam said the match would be held at the Hong Kong Stadium, with the South China Invitation Team comprising players from the champions and other clubs.

The Galaxy also confirmed on their website the game had been given the go-ahead: 'The LA Galaxy have announced they will play a pre-season friendly in Hong Kong on Sunday, March 9. This match will be the third and final match of the club's Asia Tour 2008.'

Beckham (pictured) and Galaxy open their tour against FC Seoul in South Korea tomorrow and then move to Shanghai to play a Shanghai-Hong Kong United team next Wednesday.

'We are very excited to be able to add this important third match to the Galaxy's Asia Tour 2008,' said Galaxy assistant general manager Tom Payne.

South China convener Steven Lo Kit-shing said in his personal blog they had worked hard to finalise a deal so fans could see Beckham in action again.

Beckham last played in Hong Kong in 2003 when he was with Real Madrid, but he admitted in Seoul that he was not match fit as he seeks to win his 100th cap for England.

'I'd love to reach the 100 caps, but I have to be physically ready to be part of the team,' the ex-England captain said. 'All I've done is training. I've no match fitness.'

South China play their opening AFC Cup group match against visitors Home United of Singapore on March 11, and Lo said there would be some concession tickets for the fans to watch both matches.

South China can also provide the invitation team quality expatriate players who are not eligible for the Cup tie. South China can only field a maximum of three foreign players and skipper Li Haiqiang, who scored a brilliant free kick against English Premiership side Liverpool last summer, could take part in the exhibition.

The match was in danger of being scrapped two days ago when the HKFA said it had not reached an agreement with the promoter, Bellson Development Group.

There are two First Division league fixtures scheduled for Sunday week, involving Citizen, Bulova Rangers, Convoy Sun Hei and WoFoo Tai Po.

'We're happy every party is making a great effort to see the match through,' Lam said.

Welcome Beck, David

English superstar David Beckham last strutted his stuff in front of the Hong Kong public in this year with his former club Real Madrid when they beat a Hong Kong-China XI 4-2: 2003