Khalsa's ambitions go beyond the field of play

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 April, 2011, 12:00am

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Having waited 43 years patiently on the sidelines, Khalsa finally grabbed the limelight, being crowned Premier League champions for the first time last week. But now they want more.

'We earned the league title through consistency and hard work. Now we have to keep the momentum going for the remainder of the season and maintain our consistency into the new season,' said Khalsa manager Gurcharan Singh Chahal.

The club have targeted winning the Holland Cup and next year's Super Cup as the next two major goals. But they also want to keep contributing to the local community by encouraging their age-group teams.

Khalsa, coached by former Chinese international Lu Peng, have put in place a long-term plan which includes creating three youth teams, plus a veterans side who would play in the Fourth Division.

'We hope to do more for the Hong Kong community at large and hope to introduce a youth development squad with the emphasis on anti-drugs as we believe that will encourage the growth of the sport, while bonding the community regardless of ethnic background,' Chahal said.

'We will also continue with our youth programme, and field an under-16, under-12, and an under-10 team in the Youth League, and an under-eight in mini-hockey tournaments.

'I have to thank our coach Lu Peng as well as the players, past and present, and our fans for the success. We have worked hard and I hope this is the first of many trophies and marks a new era for the club,' Chahal added.

Khalsa's unblemished run to the league title was spoilt by a 5-0 loss to Elite. But it didn't matter as they had already bagged their first championship laurels since the club was set up in 1968.