SOCCER

‘Cream of the crop’ expats too strong for Hong Kong in Lunar New Year Cup clash

Best foreign players in the local soccer league combine for easy 4-0 win at packed Mong Kok Stadium

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 February, 2016, 12:05am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 February, 2016, 12:08am

The Hong Kong representative side were no match for the best foreign players in the local soccer league, losing 4-0 at Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday.

An expatriate Hong Kong League XI dominated before a capacity crowd of 6,296.

The response was terrific and the match also gave fans a good atmosphere to celebrate the festive time
HKFA chairman Brian Leung

Hong Kong Football Association chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak did not rule out the possibility of keeping the same format for the competition after the success of the one-day tournament.

No overseas teams were invited for the first time in many years for the event, which was once the flagship tournament of the association.

“The response was terrific and the match also gave fans a good atmosphere to celebrate the festive time,” said Leung. “But it’s too early to say if we will keep the same format for next year. We have to consider a number of factors such as the date, tournament logistics and availability of overseas teams.”

Hong Kong Premier League side Pegasus first agreed to be the organisers of the tournament but pulled out after failing to secure overseas teams, forcing the association to host the event on its own for the first time since 2011.

Kim Pan-gon’s side held China to draws in World Cup qualifiers last year but the expat squad showed their class with Fukuda, Martins Dheigo De Souza, Fernando Alcantara and Admir Adrovic all getting on the score sheet.