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AFC Cup: Chance still alive for HK teams

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Finally, Hong Kong representatives Kitchee and South China got their act together in this week’s AFC Cup round. On Tuesday, April 27th, the sky blues took away three points from the Philippines against group rival Kaya FC – thanks to 18-year-old striker Hirokane Harima, who scored the winning goal in the 86th minute. Kitchee are now on top of their group and basically with one foot in the next round. All they need is a win or draw in the last match at Mong Kok Stadium against frequent visitor Balestier Khalsa (Singapore). However, truth told, a victory would be preferred, because if Kitchee finish as group winner, they will get to play the Round of 16 (which is just one-legged) at home against Indian side Bengaluru FC. As runner-up, they would face 2015 title defender Johor Darul Takzim in Malaysia, who are also among this year’s cup contenders.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Kitchee (HKG) 5 3 1 1 4 1 3 10
2 Kaya (PHI) 5 3 0 2 5 2 3 9
3 Balestier Khalsa (SIN) 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7
4 New Radiant (MDV) 5 0 2 3 2 8 −6 2

But even for South China, the round of 16 are still within reach, although it is going to be a tough call. On Wednesday, April 27th, the Caroliners found some of their recently lost spirit and turned the important home game against Yangon United around. In the 40th minute Ryan Griffiths converted from the spot, leveling the score and making it his second goal in the competition.

South China increased the pressure in the second half, especially after Yangon were down to 10 men, and Awal scored the winning header in the 84th minute. That victory boosts Ricardo Rambo’s team from 4th to 2nd in the group, but their last match will also be the toughest, when they face unbeaten Mohun Bagan (India) in Guwahati, India. The painful 0-4 defeat at Mong Kok Stadium eventually led to the sacking of former head coach Casemiro Mior. If South China drop points in that game, Yangon United would have to draw with Maziya; a win for either of the other sides would eliminate the Hong Kong team from the cup.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Mohun Bagan (IND) 5 3 2 0 14 6 8 11
2 South China (HKG) 5 2 0 3 6 9 -3 6
3 Yangon United (MYA) 5 1 2 2 7 8 −1 5
4 Maziya (MDV) 5 1 2 2 6 10 −4 5


Upcoming games:

10 May 2016 – Kitchee -:- Balestier Khalsa
10 May 2016 – New Radiant -:- Kaya

11 May 2016 – Mohun Bagan -:- South China
11 May 2016 – Yangon United -:- Maziya


Photo credits: HKFA

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China Watch: April Round-Up

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Offside.hk decided to keep an eye on our 9 players who currently seek their luck in the Chinese Super League (top tier) and China League One (second tier). In our “China Watch” column we will give you regular updates about their appearances and achievements.

APRIL 2016 – Part 2 (Match Days: April 9/10, April 16/17, April 23/24)


Jack Sealy (Changchung Yatai) – 2x substituted
Changchun Yatai 0:1 Hebei CFFC
Chongqing Lifan 1:1 Changchun Yatai
Changchun Yatai 1:3 Shanghai SIPG
As expected, Yatai is having a hard time this season to keep up with the rest of the CSL teams and are on the bottom of the league. However, Jack Sealy seems to be back in the squad. The right back was substituted in the second half for two games, however, he was missing the latest round against title contender Shanghai SIPG, suffering a 1-3 defeat at home.


Lee Chi Ho (Meizhou Kejia) – in starting XI
Yiteng FC 0:2 Meizhou Kejia
Meizhou Kejia 6:0 Hunan Billows
Beijing Beikong 4:2 Meizhou Kejia
Lee Chi Ho still holds up a 100% appearance record for China League One newcomer Meizhou Kejia this season and his team is currently ranked on a solid 6th place. Keep it up!

Festus Baise (Guizhou Zhicheng) – in starting XI
Hunan Billows 0:2 Guizhou Zhicheng
Guizhou Zhicheng 1:1 Beijing Beikong
Dalian Transcendence FC 1:2 Guizhou Zhicheng
After being suspended for a red card in the 3rd round, Festus Baise has been back on track and appeared in all three of the latest Guizhou Zhicheng games, in which his team grabbed 7 points, which lifts them up to the 9th place.

Au Yeung Yiu Chung (Guizhou Zhicheng) – n/a
Hunan Billows 0:2 Guizhou Zhicheng
Guizhou Zhicheng 1:1 Beijing Beikong
Dalian Transcendence FC 1:2 Guizhou Zhicheng
Unfortunately Au Yeung has disappeared from the recent roster, as he seems to suffer from another injury. We hope to see him back in the team as soon as possible.

Godfred Karikari (Qingdao Hainiu) – starting XI
Qingdao Hainiu 3:2 Xinjiang Tianshan
Qingdao Hainiu 2:1 Yiteng FC
Hunan Billows 1:4 Qingdao Hainiu
Godfred Karikari made his way back into the starting XI, where he appeared in the last three games. On April 16th, he also scored the winning goal against Yiteng FC in the 83rd minute. Qingdao Hainiu are now 3rd in China League One, just 1 point behind Dalian Aerbin and 2 points behind Tianjin Quanjian.

Jean-Jacques Kilama (Tianjin Quanjian) – in starting XI
Beijing Beikong 0:1 Tianjian Quanjian
Tianjin Quanjian 2:0 Dalian Transcendence FC
Nei Mongol Zhongyou 0:0 Tianjin Quanjian
Kilama missed two games due to an injury, but he was back in the starting XI on April 23rd for the nil-nil draw with the club from Inner Mongolia. The Tianjin powerhouse is still on top of China League One, collecting 14 points in 6 games.

Ng Wai Chiu (Tianjin Quanjian) – not in squad
Beijing Beikong 0:1 Tianjian Quanjian
Tianjin Quanjian 2:0 Dalian Transcendence FC
Nei Mongol Zhongyou 0:0 Tianjin Quanjian
Kilama’s teammate is still waiting for his first squad appearance this season, although he was called in for the game against Beijing on April 9th, where he remained on the bench.

Paulinho (Shenzhen FC) – starting XI / substituted
Shenzhen FC 2:1 Wuhan Zall FC
Beijing Renhe 2:0 Shenzhen FC
Shenzhen FC 0:1 Dalian Aerbin
On April 10th Paulinho entered the game in the 64th minute as substitute and one week later he appeared in the starting XI for Shenzhen’s away game in Beijing. However, he missed the latest fixture against Dalian, after which Shenzhen is now ranked 5th.

Itaparica (Xinjiang Tianshan) – in starting XI
Qingdao Hainiu 3:2 Xinjiang Tianshan
Xinjiang Tianshan 2:0 Shanghai Shenxin
Xinjiang Tianshan 0:1 Yiteng FC
The Number 10 missed just one of the last three games, but both against Qingdao and Yiteng FC he started from the beginning. Right now Xinjiang Tianshan are only on the 14th spot in the league and might be soon involved in the relegation battle against Dalian Transcendence (15th) and Nei Mongol Zhongyou (16th).

Player League Team G App Sub %
Jack Sealy CSL Changchung Yatai 6 1  2 50%
Lee Chi Ho League One Meizhou Kejia 6 6 100%
Au Yeung Yiu Chung League One Guizhou Zhicheng 6 2 33%
Festus Baise League One Guizhou Zhicheng 6 5 83%
Jean-Jaques Kilama League One Tianjin Quanjian 6 4 67%
Ng Wai Chiu League One Tianjin Quanjian 6 0%
Itaparica League One Xinjiang Tianshan 6 5 83%
Godfred Karikari League One Qingdao Hainiu 6  3 2 83%
Paulinho League One Shenzhen FC 6 2 2 67%

Photo source: Xinhuanet

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Yuen Long stay in Premier League, Rangers on the line

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Now that the championship has been decided, we can focus on what happens at the bottom of the league. Following a 4-1 victory of Yuen Long over Wong Tai Sin, the boys from the New Territories are guaranteed Premier League football next season.

Wong Tai Sin, on the other hand, have now played all their 16 league games, and will stay up unless Rangers beat Pegasus on May 7th at Kowloon Bay Park. If Rangers drop any points in that crucial relegation decider, they will be relegated to the 1st Division.



Vote now for HK Top Footballer Awards

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The Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards for the 2015/16 season are now open for public voting at http://www.hkfa.com/en/vote (HKID required). The voting will last until May 8th and the winners will be announced at the “2015/16 Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards Ceremony” on May 19th (broadcast by on.cc).

The awards this year feature several prize categories, such as “Footballer of the Year”(1 winner), “Hong Kong Top Footballers”(1 goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 4 midfielders, 2 strikers), “Coach of the Year”(1 winner) , “Young Players of the Year” (2 winners) and “Most Favorite Player”(1 winner). There will also be a new award, labelled “Players’ Player of the Year”, which  is voted by all current registered players in the league.

By voting their favorite footballers and also writing down the reasons of being their fans, league enthusiasts may get the opportunity to attend the gala on May 19. The HKFA will select 12 winners with the best comments to join the event.

Echoing the theme “Let’s Go Crazy” of this Premier League season, the award this year is themed as “Let’s Vote Crazily” to encourages football fans in Hong Kong to fully support their favorite team and players and express their passion and love by putting them into votes. In addition, this year the awards are promoted with the help of the popular Mr. Men Little Miss characters.


Source: HKFA

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