Lunar New Year

HKFA expects full house for Lunar New Year Cup despite absence of top league players

Chairman Brian Leung says that with a HK$100 ticket price, the tournament is good value with three matches on the programme at Mong Kok Stadium

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 January, 2016, 8:26pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 January, 2016, 4:23pm

The absence of Hong Kong Premier League leaders Eastern and many of South China’s key players will have little effect on next month’s Lunar New Year Cup as organisers are confident of a full house at the compact Mong Kok Stadium.

“We still have a very strong cast in a programme featuring three matches and I don’t think it would be too difficult to attract the fans,” said Hong Kong Football Association chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak.

“Our ticket prices are also very competitive as we want more people to come and enjoy the atmosphere of the festival.”

The tournament will feature two domestic sides at the 6,400-capacity venue on February 9, with the Hong Kong representative team taking on a League XI. There will be also two additional 40-minute matches to be played as a prelude – a women’s competition between players born after 1980 and players born after 1990, and a veterans’ match between Chinese stars against overseas stars from the past.

A flat ticket price of HK$100 will be charged, with concessionary tickets at HK$30.

Newly crowned Senior Shield champions Eastern will not release their players for the event, which included goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai.

South China will only send Chan Wai-ho for the representative team and their top foreign players such as Mahama Awal and Bojan Malisic will also not be available for the League XI.