South China players have a Tonno of fun at pre-season kick-off party

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 September, 2012, 4:21am

For football fans the wait is over. A pre-season kick-off party at The Tonno nightclub in Wan Chai heralded the start of the new season.

Aside from the obvious draw of the open bar, there was the chance to fraternise with South China players. They passed the evening playing pool and looking dapper in their Armani suits while models were perpetually in their orbit.

The evening was also an unexpected technology showcase. New touch-screen technology from Touch & Connect was on display everywhere: from the virtual poker games built into the table tops to the very cool photo table.

Whenever someone's photo was taken the image would appear on what seemed to be an oversized iPad set-up like a table.

The guests could move around the assembled pictures, resize them and use a printer icon to print their photos.

Gadgets aside, the night was a celebration of football and the beginning of what team captain Chan Wai-ho said would be South China's best season yet. Aside from the fan favourites, there were some new faces in the line-up, including Sean Tse Ka Keung fresh from a stint at Manchester City.

Chan was asked if he was worried that the gossip surrounding the team and if their growing celebrity took attention away from their performance on the field.

"It is good for us. We can attract more fans that way and bring them to the sports pitch," he answered diplomatically. Charley Lanyon