Admir Rascic an inspiration to Sun Pegasus, says coach Chan
Bosnian striker, top scorer in the league with 14 goals, hailed as club finish second overall in the league on the final day of the campaign
Sun Pegasus coach Chan Chi-hong hailed striker Admir Rascic as their key to success as they finished first runners-up in the RedMR First Division, ahead of defending champions South China.
They beat BC Rangers 1-0 at Mong Kok Stadium on the final day of the season yesterday to end the season with 32 points, tied with the Caroliners, who overcame Citizen 3-2 in another match at Hong Kong Stadium. But Sun Pegasus took second place as they have a better head-to-head record.
Rascic, the league's top scorer with 14 goals, did not score yesterday as youngster Chan Pak-hang's goal in the 10th minute made the difference, but it was Rascic's attitude that impressed his coach.
"While no one would doubt his scoring prowess, Rascic is a player who can inspire his teammates with his great attitude," said the coach of the former Bosnian international. "He always gives his best on the field." Rascic, who has already earned a new contract for next season, attributed his success to his teammates. "I cannot do anything without the help of my fellow players," said the-32-year-old, who arrived in Hong Kong last summer.
While the league is over, there is still the Play-Off Cup left to play, which will decide the other berth for representing Hong Kong in the 2015 AFC Cup.
South China were the first to qualify in the four-team tournament as the Senior Shield champions, along with Sun Pegasus and Southern, the first runners-up and fourth-placed team in the league.
Eastern Salon, who were beaten 1-0 by I-Sky Yuen Long yesterday, can still claim the final spot if they beat Kitchee in the FA Cup final on Sunday. If not, the place will go to fifth-placed BC Rangers.
Citizen, meanwhile, have decided not to join the Premier League next season. Chairman Pui Kwan-kay said they felt let down by the way the Football Association handled the case of suspending Happy Valley.