Kitchee win third league title in four years after victory over Sun Hei
The only unbeaten side in the league were crowned champions with three rounds left
Kitchee lifted their third championship in four years yesterday after beating Sunray Cave Sun Hei 2-0 in the RedMR First Division at Tsing Yi Sports Ground.
The only unbeaten side in the league were crowned champions with three rounds left, after rivals South China were earlier held to a 1-1 draw by Royal Southern.
The Caroliners, who have 24 points and five matches left, cannot catch the runaway leaders, who are on 41 points.
"We are not celebrating yet because we still have the FA Cup and AFC Cup as our targets this season," said head coach Chu Chi-kwong, who replaced Spaniard Alex Gomez in November.
"We knew we had a great chance to wrap the title up tonight after South China were held by Southern, but I have told the players we still have to work hard for the rest of the season.
"However, I must congratulate the players. We have not lost a match since the defeat by Rangers in early November."
Kitchee are in the FA Cup quarter-finals and will meet South China next Sunday for a place in the last four.
In the AFC Cup, Kitchee, who have already qualified for the knockout stage, host Tampines Rovers of Singapore on Tuesday and a draw would give them top spot in group H and home advantage for the one-off round of 16.
The coach paid special tribute to attacking midfielder Lam Ka-wai and centre-half Fernando Recio.
"All players had a good season, but the duo, one in attack and one in defence, have been outstanding."
Lam settled the match yesterday in stoppage time. Left back Daniel Cancela opened the scoring early with a low drive.
South China, meanwhile, left for Hanoi after their match in Aberdeen to prepare for a crucial AFC Cup tie against Vissai Ninh Binh of Vietnam on Tuesday. They must win the match to keep their hopes alive of reaching the knockout stage.