Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 March, 2012, 12:00am


Name Leung Ka-kiu
School Beacon College
Grade Form Six
Sport Football


Footballer Ka-kiu, 19, plays defence for South China Athletic Association's reserve team in Hong Kong Football Association's reserve division. From the age of 11 to 16 he played for Sai Kung District.

Ka-kiu represented Hong Kong at the All China Secondary Schools Students' Games in Baotou , Inner Mongolia last July.

His school team at Beacon College, in Yuen Long, are the A-grade boys' Yuen Long District Inter-school champions. They qualified for the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Tournament and face Beacon College (Tsuen Wan) in the semi-finals at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground at 3pm today.


'I was studying in Heung To Secondary School [Tseung Kwan O],' Ka-kiu says. 'But after taking my HKCEE, I moved to YCH Tung Chi Ying Memorial Secondary School in September 2010 to look for more football opportunities.

'Last year I was in Form Five and felt I was playing my best, but competition for places in Tung Chi Ying's team was intense. The coach didn't pick me for a single match in the inter-school competition, nor the Jing Ying tournament.

'Tung Chi Ying won last year's Jing Ying tournament. I was happy for my friends, but, at the same time, I was disappointed as I was not part of the team. Now I'm at Beacon College with some other friends and skipped the last-16 match. I played my first match in the Jing Ying tournament last Sunday. I was nervous, but luckily we beat Beacon College [Mong Kok] by scoring two goals in the last five minutes of the game.

'In today's semi-final, we play title-favourites Beacon College [Tsuen Wan]. I didn't play so well last time, but hope the coach picks me to play. Our rivals have a lot of players from Sham Shui Po Football Club; I played against the club three times in 2011 so I know them well. Both teams play attacking football so it should be a thriller.'

From his coach

'Ka-kiu is a diligent player, who has great pace,' says Lai Chun-ho, coach of Hong Kong's football team at last summer's 11th All China Games.

'He's a determined player and a good competitor. But he needs to improve ball control and other basic skills.'


'The inter-school tournament is a really important part of my secondary sports career,' Ka-kiu says.

'I hope we can win the Jing Ying title - it's something I've wanted to do for so many years.

'After that, I will try to improve my basic skills and seek to progress at my football club.'