Name Monkey Lo Tin-ho
School Project Yi Jin (First Year)
Monkey, 18, plays as a defender for Wan Chai South China Club in the Hong Kong Second Division.
He played for Yan Chai Hospital Tung Chi Ying Memorial School last year, winning the Grade A category in the Sha Tin and Sai Kung District Inter-school Football Competition. His school team also won the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Football Tournament 2010/11.
Monkey has represented the Hong Kong schools team many times. He played in the 2008 Asian Schools Football Championships, the All China Secondary Schools Students' Games twice (in 2009 and this year) and the 2009 Schools Interport Football Championships.
'Sergio Ramos, the vice-captain of top Spanish side Read Madrid, is my idol. He is a good all-round player who can defend as well as attack. I've learned a lot from him,' Monkey says.
'Last year I missed a chance to join a First Division club, but I am in no hurry to join one now. I've decided to take up Project Yi Jin and play in the Second Division. This way, I'll have more time to study. After completing my course, I can join a government disciplinary force if I cannot become a full-time player.
'I've treasured every chance I got over the past few years. The fact I have played in two All China Secondary Schools Students' Games is an incredible achievement. The 2009 Games and the one held two months ago were two different things. I didn't expect to be included in the line-up two years ago and I had some senior players to guide me. But this time I had to take up the senior player's role. It gave me a chance to hone my leadership skills.'
From his coach
'Monkey's small physique is a disadvantage but he has overcome that by being a 'smart' player,' says Lai Chun-ho, coach of the Hong Kong football team at the 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games held in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, in July. 'He is more mature now and has improved a lot after representing Hong Kong in overseas competitions.'
'I hope to do well in both studies and football this year. The league competition will give me a chance to prove myself and I hope to become a full-time professional with South China's First Division team,' says Monkey.