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Latest News Podcast

The Hong Kong Football Podcast – Episode 14

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This week James Legge and Tobias Zuser don’t mince their words when wrapping up Hong Kong’s performance at the EAFF Championships qualifiers – both on and off the pitch. They also take a look at the Hong Kong women’s team and share their preview for the upcoming Premier League weekend.

What does Tobi think about Kim’s future as Hong Kong head coach? How long will James be lecturing you this time on appropriate fan behaviour? And what’s the best way forward for the Hong Kong national team to set new world records?

Link: https://soundcloud.com/hk_football_podcast/episode-14-the-truth-about-eaff-part-2

 

AFC Cup News

Kitchee barred from Asian Champions League

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The Asian Football Confederation will most likely ban Kitchee from getting a direct group stage spot in the Asian Champions League next year.

After Eastern had faced serious troubles over financial matters this summer, they decided to withdraw from the AFC competitions, prompting the HKFA to give the spots to Kitchee and Southern instead. It would have been the first time that a club from Hong Kong could have entered the group stage of the Champions League directly, given the solid performances in the AFC Cup in recent years. However, as a spokesperson confirmed , the AFC rules would actually not allow this scenario, as this prestigious spot is reserved for the “winner of the national top division league”.

At the moment, it seems there are two possible scenarios. If the HKFA can alter their application, they could still nominate Eastern. After securing new sponsorship from the Chinese Long Lions group, the reigning champions were willing to take the ACL spot back, but both HKFA and Kitchee refused to change the previous decision. In this case, Eastern should still be eligible to play in the ACL, while Kitchee could enter the qualifying round. This also means that Southern would lose their chance to participate.

However, the other – more likely – scenario is that the HKFA cannot change the nomination. In this case, the AFC will most likely bar Kitchee from getting the direct group stage spot – which would then be given to another country, such as Australia. Kitchee and Southern would then enter the ACL qualifiers at an earlier stage, with a very small chance to enter the group stage. That would be a major blow for local football.

In a few days, Mark Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the HKFA, will meet AFC officials in South Korea, where he hopes to clarify the situation. Offside.hk will keep you updated about future developments.

 

Latest News

Top-of-the-table Eastern face basement side HKFC

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After the heartbreak last week for the Hong Kong representative team of failing to qualify for the 2017 East Asian Cup after a narrow 0:1 loss to DPR Korea, the domestic season kicks on and returns on Friday evening. Pegasus will not be in action this weekend having played a game more than most of their counterparts, but the remaining ten teams will all be eager to advance their own positions in what has become a tightly contested league, both at the top and bottom of the division.

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