When Southern released the news that young Kitchee starlet Emmet Wan had joined the club on loan for the season, local football fans could have been forgiven for thinking that the Aberdeen-based side had made one of the coups of the summer. Still only 23 years old and already having been selected for the Hong Kong U23 national team, he has produced some eye-catching performances that makes it easy to see why Southern boss Ricky Cheng wanted to add him to his squad so much. Emmet Wan kindly spoke to Jeff Hardbattle on his new team for the season, his future aspirations and his experiences in Hong Kong football. Continue reading
By Christopher KL Lau
Kitchee’s Juan Belencoso has been a mainstay of Hong Kong football for several years now and has established and endured himself as a fan favourite due to this hard-working nature and silky skills. His friendly demeanour often gives way to his lethal and clinical goal scoring skills as he is a regular scorer for Kitchee in the the domestic game and fired them to the domestic treble last season including two goals in the FA Cup final against Eastern. In terms of continental football, in the AFC Cup 2014, his eleven goals helped propel Kitchee to the semi-final stage where they eventually succumbed. In this exclusive interview with Christopher KL Lau, Belencoso kindly took the time to have an in-depth discussion about the life in the city and of course, Hong Kong football. Continue reading
Just a few days after Jean-Jacques Kilama’s excellent performance as centre back against China, the 30-year-old Eastern SC player announced that he signed a 2-year-contract with Tianjin Songjiang. The ambitious side currently plays in the second tier (China League One) and has just been taken over by a new owner. Finishing 9th this season, Quanjian Natural Medicine are expected to pump a lot of money into the club to become worthy rivals of Tianjin Teda, who just escaped relegation from the Chinese Super League.
Born in Cameroon, Kilama arrived in Hong Kong in 2007, where he first played for Rangers and later for Sun Hei, before being signed by Eastern in 2014. Holding an HKSAR passport, he will not be counted as a foreign aid in China according to AFC regulations. Despite the new environment, Kilama might soon see a familiar face: Godfred Karikari is currently a striker for Beijing BG in the same division.
China League One has just finished its season, with the new campaign expected to start in spring 2016.
Do you remember that day back in 2015 when Hong Kong denied China once again the qualification for the World Cup? No matter where you watched the game on November 17th, in Mong Kok Stadium, on a public square or just at home, it was a night not to be forgotten any time soon. 30 years after Hong Kong beat China 2-1 in Beijing, the myth has been revived, and in spite of all the misleading FIFA rankings, we know once and for all: the Hong Kong – China derby follows its own rules. The offside.hk match report by Tobias Zuser. Continue reading