International footballer Cheung Yiu-lun was killed when his car slammed into a lamp post in Tuen Mun early yesterday. The death of the 25-year-old captain of first division club Buler Rangers came just weeks before his wife gives birth to the couple's first child. The football community pledged to do everything it could to support the family. 'Collectively we want to maximise our resources to help his family,' said Martin Lam Chun-ying, general secretary of the Hong Kong Football Association. He said the association would probably meet with Rangers manager Philip Lee Fai-lip 'to map out all the possible assistance to his family'. Cheung lost control of his car on Tuen Mun Road near Siu Lam at 3.30am while he was heading towards Tuen Mun. His red two-door Honda Civic skidded from the middle to the right lane and mounted the concrete central divider before slamming into the lamp post, according to a police investigator. His female passenger, Law Yuk-mui, 23, managed to scramble out of the wreckage but Cheung was trapped and had lost consciousness by the time he was freed by firemen about half an hour later. Ms Law and Cheung were taken to Tuen Mun Hospital where, surrounded by many of his Rangers' teammates, he was declared dead just before 5am. 'At the moment we still can't believe it's true,' said Goldbert Ko Chi-chiu, the Rangers goalkeeper and captain of Hong Kong's Olympic team. 'It seems like it's a bad joke. Even though I saw him for two hours in the hospital until he died, I still can't believe it.' Rangers manager Philip Lee said he was stunned by the death of the team's captain for the past two seasons and the loss of a player whose involvement with his club stretched back almost 10 years. 'I treated him like my son,' he said. 'He joined Rangers as a trainee when he was 14 years old and I saw him grow up. He was a very nice person and was always smiling. He was a very good player and was well respected by other players. His death is a great loss to the Hong Kong football circle.' Cheung was an established member of the city's national team with 21 caps and played in this summer's high-profile matches against Liverpool and Real Madrid. It is understood Cheung was driving home to Tuen Mun after attending his friend's birthday party in Tsim Sha Tsui. His passenger, who was in a serious condition last night, is his younger brother's friend and also lives in Tuen Mun. Secretary for Home Affairs Patrick Ho Chi-ping sent his condolences to Cheung's family and friends.