Kitchee's Lam Ka-wai gets chance to prove himself
Kitchee midfielder Lam Ka-wai has the chance to cement his position in the Hong Kong team when the side meet Malaysia in a friendly match at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground tonight.
The 25-year-old left footer was a key player for Kitchee this season, which saw them claim their first league championship in 47 years, and he is keen to prove himself at the international level.
The match is part of Hong Kong's preparation for the clash with Saudi Arabia in the second round of the 2014 World Cup Asian zone qualifiers. Hong Kong will take on the Middle-East nation in an away match on July 23 before returning for the home leg on July 28. The winners of the home-and-away tie will move to the next round, a group competition.
'Lam has become a more mature player following his impressive performance with Kitchee this season,' said teammate Chu Siu-kei, who is likely to play alongside Lam tonight.
'He lacks international exposure because Kitchee players hardly caught the selectors' eyes before. But this has changed with our success in the league. He has a massive presence in midfield and great skill in reading the game.'
Another Kitchee player, right winger Lo Kwan-yee, is also likely to be included in the starting line-up.
South China players, however, continue to dominate the team with Lee Chi-ho, Leung Chun-pong, Wong Chin-hung, Kwok Kin-pong and Chan Siu-ki likely to start.
Meanwhile, 40,000 tickets have been snapped up for the Barclays Asia Trophy to be played at Hong Kong Stadium on July 27 and 30. Second-day tickets costing HK$460 and HK$330 - the two most expensive categories - are unavailable.