Second Division clubs eager to join new Premier League
Tai Po and Wong Tai Sin are upbeat about top flight competition, but financing is biggest stumbling block
Second Division runners-up Wong Tai Sin are keen to take part in the inaugural Premier League.
Assistant coach Poon Man-chun said yesterday they had submitted all documents to the Football Association to obtain a professional licence.
"The management has showed great interest in the Premier League and although we are still looking for additional financial support from commercial sponsors, we want to obtain the licence first before considering the next step," said Poon.
Applications close today with the HKFA wanting at least eight teams to kick off the Premier League. Second Division champions Tai Po said they had yet to raise sufficient funds, but will still apply.
Club secretary Chan Ping said they hoped to receive more financial support from the government. Tai Po and Wong Tai Sin are district clubs.
Sun Hei will also apply, despite reports to the contrary.
"We don't want to give away the chance of playing in top flight and will try our best to sort out the financial difficulties," said club president Chow Man-leung.
"We won't say withdrawal until the very last moment."