Title can be ours, says Pegasus coach
TSW Pegasus are confident of a victory against champions Kitchee today in the BMA First Division at Yuen Long Stadium to help deliver the club's first league title.
Pegasus are second in the standings on 24 points, two behind Kitchee but with a game in hand. South China are third, one point behind Pegasus but have also played a game more.
'We are in the driver's seat now and if we can beat Kitchee, it certainly clears the way for us to win our first league title,' Pegasus coach Chan Hiu-ming said. 'We have had a very consistent season and the players have maintained a high standard. Also, we don't have to play in the AFC Cup and can focus fully on the league. I think we have a very good chance of beating Kitchee.'
Set up four years ago, the Yuen Long-based club came close to winning their first title in 2009 when they finished behind South China - a club with whom they have a close relationship. Yet the new kids on the block have twice claimed supremacy in cup competitions - capturing the Senior Shield in 2009 and the FA Cup the following season.
Pegasus lost to Kitchee 3-2 when the two sides last met in the league, but Chan put that result down to bad luck. 'We were in total command of the match and should have won. It was not until the closing stages that they scored twice,' he said.
'We learned a lot from that defeat and are a much improved side now. We've also signed a couple of new players during the transfer window.'
Hong Kong international Ng Wai-chiu, who joined from South China, is a reliable force in central defence, as is fullback Poon Yiu-cheuk, who quit Sham Shui Po for the New Territories. Eugene Mbome's return from Sapling has also consolidated Pegasus' midfield.
Kitchee managed a narrow 3-2 win over minnows Sapling in their last match, but club president Ken Ng Kin was upbeat yesterday. 'Against Pegasus, it will be a very close match,' said Ng. 'Whoever best manages the chances that come their way will be the winners.
'We are about to kick off our AFC Cup campaign next month and the players definitely want to warm up for that in style by staying at the top of the local standings.'
Central defender Ubay Luzardo left Kitchee for Melbourne Victory last month, but the champions have signed former Fulham defender Zesh Rehman as replacement. Their new Spanish striker, Yago Gonzalez, also looks capable of adding firepower up front.
Meanwhile, Citizen, who will also be competing in the AFC Cup, had to settle for a disappointing 0-0 draw at Wofoo Tai Po yesterday.
At Tsing Yi Sports Ground, Sandro scored twice for Biu Chun Rangers as they defeated Sunray Cave Sun Hei 2-0. The Brazilian now leads the First Division scoring charts with 11 goals.