Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA)

Forlan fever in full swing as fans queue for tickets hours before he makes his Kitchee debut

Excitement spreads to fans of other teams but club coach warns that Uruguayan striker won’t be at his best for a couple of weeks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 January, 2018, 5:00pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 January, 2018, 5:00pm

Hundreds of fans were lining up for tickets hours before Kitchee’s match against Southern as Diego Forlan fever hit Hong Kong.

The former Uruguay international is expected to make his debut for Kitchee in the Hong Kong Premier League on Sunday but fans started to line up in front of Mong Kok Stadium three hours before the 5.30pm kick-off.

“I am afraid tickets will be selling fast and that’s why I came early,” said Mr Yu, who was at the front of the queue. “I am not a Kitchee fan but a South China supporter. However Forlan is a big name in soccer and it would be nice to see him play.”

Kitchee coach Chu Chi-kwong was also surprised to see the queue when he reached the stadium.

“This hasn’t happened for a long time,” he said. “You need something like this [bringing a big name player to Hong Kong] to give local soccer a shot in the arm.”

Chu, however, was unsure if the 6,769-seater facility would be filled.

“Forlan just arrived and fans will be able to see him in top form maybe in a couple of weeks . The AFC Champions League would be the best time,” he said.

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There is no advance ticket sales for league matches and fans are required to buy them at the ticket office before the start of the match.