League newcomers Lee Man held their first ever press conference in Kwun Tong yesterday to present their squad. With a budget of over $10 million HKD for this season, the club have set themselves a realistic and achievable aim of a top half finish in the Hong Kong Premier League. Lee Man are also looking to develop youth players for Hong Kong and see themselves as a long-term project of displaying professionalism on and off-pitch.
In the press conference, the first thing Lee Man’s chairman Norman Lee Man-yan mentioned was the absence of “Boss’ football” at the club and stressed that manager Fung Ka-ki, coaches Lam Hing-lun and Fung Hoi-man will have full control on team management. Fung Ka-ki will continue to bring his management vision from his previous experience with Birmingham City FC and emphasized the importance of positive attitude and team-work for his young squad.
Lee Man have already had two good weeks of pre-season to bond, and besides the core of young local players from Rangers last season, Lee Man have recruited new foreigners according to the team’s requirement. Ze Victor will bring destructive power to their midfield while Stefano Pereira from Yuen Long will enable new attacking dimensions along with Denis Lima and Jordi Tarres. Luciano Silva from Yuen Long and Korean Son Min-chol will provide height and strength to their defense.
The team currently trains 4 times a week at Sai Kung Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground and will use Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground as their home stadium. Lee Man will look to strengthen their connection with Sai Kung district and HKUST. Norman Lee Man-yan noted they will further hold conversations with the district authority and has sponsored resources to the district team Sai Kung FC.
Veteran defender Chiu Chun-kit has so far been impressed with the discipline, positive attitude and harmonic spirit within the team. While results might not be the first priority for the team this season, he hopes to lead the young squad by example and hopefully achieve some successe in the cup competitions.
The squad will depart on Wednesday to Thailand for 9 days where they will have 3 friendly matches against Thai Premier League teams Pattaya United FC, Navy FC and Chonburi FC.
Lee Man will start their season away at Sham Shui Po Sports Ground against Rangers on Sunday 27th August 2:30pm.
*Hui Ka-lok missed the press conference due to family issues.