Yapp Hung-fai clinches top prize as Eastern scoop honours in annual HKFA awards

The 26-year-old goalkeeper is crowned Footballer of the Year following his heroics for club and ‘country’ with Wonder Kid boxer Rex Tso handing the trophies to the winners

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 May, 2016, 12:43am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 May, 2016, 1:07am

Yapp Hung-fai was crowned Hong Kong Footballer of the Year last night after his heroics this season for both club and “country” handed him the most important prize of the night at a ceremony in Kowloon Bay.

The 26-year-old Hong Kong goalkeeper and captain was outstanding in the World Cup qualifiers against China, where he kept clean sheets in both legs.

He also helped Eastern win their first Premier League title in more than two decades to complete his best season.

Receiving the award from Hong Kong’s “Wonder Kid” the unbeaten Hong Kong boxer, Rex Tso Sing-yu, Yapp said local athletes had made a major contribution to the community.

“Sport can bring people together and give them a sense of belonging in the community.

“The community shouldn’t look down on us athletes and we deserve more attention,” Yapp said.

On the domestic front, Yapp, who is also captain of Eastern, steered the club to their first League title success since 1995. Eastern also won the Senior Shield.

He also became the first goalkeeper since former Hong Kong international Fan Chun-yip to have won the top award in 12 years.

Eastern dominated the awards ceremony last night with five players being named in the best 11 positions.

And their history making woman’ s coach Chan Yuen-ting was named Coach of the Year.