Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)

Kitchee take on Thailand’s Muangthong United in Lunar New Year Cup opener

K-League champions FC Seoul and Australia’s Under-23 side to also feature in the annual tournament

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 January, 2017, 11:16pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 January, 2017, 11:16pm

Kitchee will take on Thai Super League soccer champions Muangthong United when the Lunar New Year Cup kicks off on January 28 at Hong Kong Stadium.

The opening day will also feature K-League champions FC Seoul against the Australian Under-23 squad, managed by former Kitchee coach Josep Gombau. The two winners will meet in the final three days later with a US$60,000 winner’s cheque at stake. There will also be a play-off for third place.

Kitchee, who are also the organiers, say Seoul will send their strongest team led by former Arsenal player Park Chu-yong.

This year’s tournament sees a return to the traditional format of having overseas teams. Last year feature a watered-down event involving local teams.

Muangthong United took part in the 2013 tournament in Hong Kong.

Tickets are priced at HK$380, HK$280, HK$180 and HK$100 (concessionary) and will be available through Cityline from Tuesday.