South China coach Cheung Po-chun quits

Yeung Ching-kwong will replace him after series of disappointing results

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 10:48am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 February, 2014, 11:30am

South China coach Cheung Po-chun has quit the heavyweights after a series of disappointing results.

Cheung, who only joined the Caroliners this season from relegated side Tai Po, cited personal reasons for the decision and will be replaced by Yeung Ching-kwong, currently the deputy team manager.

A club statement this morning said they respected Cheung’s decision and thanked his contribution, while the coach asked the players to keep working as the season is not finished yet.

Under Cheung’s reign, the Hong Kong champions were eliminated in their maiden Asian Champions League qualifying play-off after being beaten 3-0 by Chonburi of Thailand in the second round.

They are 10 points behind leaders Kitchee in the league and unlikely to defend their title. They avoided a humiliating draw against bottom team Yokohama FC over the weekend thanks only to two stoppage-time  goals.

Following their failure in the Asian Champions League, South China will now start their regional campaign in the AFC Cup along with rivals Kitchee.

They host Vissai Ninh Binh FC of Vietnam in their opening group G match at Hong Kong Stadium next Wednesday. The group also features Yangon United of Myanmar and Kelantan of Malaysia.