unsung hero

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 January, 2011, 12:00am

Name Fung Wai-leong
School Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School
Grade Form Four
Sport Football

Achievements Wai-leong, who will turn 16 on Monday, plays for the Yuen Long Pegasus youth team and Yuen Long youth football team.

He took part in the Jockey Club Youth Football Scheme 2010. His team came second in the scheme's concluding tournament (New Territories Districts).

He is also the captain of his school's Grade B football team. The team won the runners-up trophy in the New Territories Inter-school Beach Football Invitational last year. But they were eliminated in the group stage of last year's Yuen Long District Inter-School Football Competition.

This year, Wai-leong has led his team to the top of their group to win a place in the last-16 stage, which will begin on February 13.

Soundbite 'I first played for the Yuen Long youth football team as a goalkeeper when I was 13. We took part in a five-a-side tournament and I saved a lot of goals with my long arms and body. But later I found playing normal 11-a-side matches very boring; players have fewer shots on goal so I did not have much to do there.

'At the same time, my district team's coach picked someone else to play goalie. I moved to left wing, then right wing and then defence. But now, as I am 1.8 metres tall, I always play in attack for both the district and school teams.

'Tin Shui Wai Pegasus Football Club have started training Yuen Long youth team. All of us have benefited from the more systematic and intensive professional training. We are also playing in more major tournaments.

'My main weakness is that I don't stay calm at crucial times, such as when my we are a goal behind. I become more aggressive, but I know this may not be helpful. I need to control my emotions.'

From his coach 'Although Wai-leong must attend all of the training sessions with Yuen Long Pegasus, he always plays for the school team. He puts all his effort into training every time, even he has a match coming,' says school coach Keane Chan Kai-hin.

'He is tall, which is an advantage. I hope he and his team will reach the semi-finals of the inter-school competition this year.'

Ambitions Wai-leong says: 'I have always lived in Yuen Long and I hope the district team will have more success in future. It would be great if I could play for the Hong Kong youth team and represent Hong Kong in international tournaments. I also hope that one day I would play for my club in the First Division.'