In his recent round-up on Wild East Football, Chris Lau summed up the current situation of Hong Kong’s Premier League and the outlook for the involvement of Kitchee and South China in next year’s AFC tournaments. Given the exciting clash between Eastern and South China this week, we also dug up Chris’ excellent piece on this traditional rivalry, which sheds light on the glorious past of this rivalry. Continue reading
Around 3,400 people found their way to Mong Kok Stadium on 28 December 2014 to watch an emotional derby between South China and Eastern AA. It was also the first game for SCAA’s new head coach Mario Gomez, whose appointment remains to be controversial. Eastern seemed to sense this opportunity and hammered the insecure Caroliners, leading to a comfortable 3-1 lead at half time. The other 45 minutes saw no goals, but still an emotional exchange that lived up to the expectations of this long-standing rivalry. We definitely want more of this sort. Continue reading
Our photographer Christopher KL Lau visited the Kitchee players during their training sesson on Christmas Eve, when they prepared for their upcoming Senior Shield semi final against Wong Tai Sin. It seems the hard work paid off, as Kitchee celebrated a 3-0 victory three days later and will meet Eastern AA for the final on 17 January 2015 in Hong Kong Stadium. Continue reading
Hong Kong’s mediocre performance at the recent EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round in Taipei also begs some questions about the tournament at large. It might be fair to say that Hong Kong’s struggle to catch up with other football nations in the region is also very much related to the exclusiveness of competitions such as this one. In a piece for Wild East Football, David Spencer shed some light on the history of the EAFF competition, showing that its questionable structure and design further marginalizes smaller football associations like Hong Kong.