All Black FC continue their run of exciting games on the weekend of January 12th and 13th. Sporting Clube de Macau traveled over from Macau for a friendly on Saturday, while Sunday was reserved for a meeting with 1st Division club Eastern District.
The main objective, as ever, was to make new friends and connections through friendly games, in efforts to eliminate discrimination and prejudice on a grassroots level in Hong Kong, one step at a time. The amateur club emerged as victors in a 1-0 game against Sporting Macau, and tied 1-1 with Eastern District on the next day.
For those of our readers who do not know, All Black FC is an amateur team in Hong Kong, made up of players of different backgrounds. Some belong to local ethnic minorities, while others decided to leave their home country behind to seek asylum in Hong Kong. However, the club understands itself as “open for everyone” in an attempt to create more tolerance and respect among different communities in the city. The team actively encourages anyone who is underprivileged to join them on the pitch. Some exceptional members of the team may even have a footballing career in Hong Kong and abroad.
The representatives of Sporting Clube de Macau and Medard Koya, one of the founders of All Black FC, first found each other on Facebook. All Black FC was seeking to play their second international friendly, and Sporting needed games to prepare for the start of the 2019 Liga de Elite season. On Saturday, the teams met for the first time at Wong Chuk Hang Recreation Ground, as Southern and Kitchee played next door. Many of All Black’s youth members also came to watch, as the senior squad edged out the Macanese outfit 1-0 at the end of the second half.
After the friendly, the two teams shared a meal together, mingling and laughing in a nearby restaurant. It is this sense of camaraderie and community that makes us fall in love with football in our communities. Sport can be more than just a hobby to pass the days. For some, it’s the opportunity to make a better life in these rapidly changing times.