Optimistic Tai Po aim for gold on all fronts

Tai Po FC kicked off their pre-season press conference on July 31st, detailing the plans for the new season, as well as unveiling as many as ten new signings. 

Tai Po recorded the club’s best ever finish last season, coming second in the league and claiming runners-up in two cup competitions. Nevertheless, the club is hungry for more, and is therefore aiming for top position across all fronts for the 2018/19 campaign, along with reaching the quarter-finals in the AFC Cup.

The local recruits to the team this year include Au Yeung Yiu-chung, Chung Wai-keung, Lee Ka-ho, Philip Chan Siu-kwan, Lam Ngai-tong, Cheng Tsz-sum, Chin Alex Palelei, and Yeung Chi-Lun. Au Chung and Philip have both previously worked with head coach Lee Chi-kin, and have cited a reunion with him as one of the factors for joining the club.

With Tan Chun-lok’s and Sean Tse’s switch to R&F, there were understandable concerns over plugging the central midfield. When asked if he was drafted to replace Tan, Au Chung declared that there are no direct replacements, and that he aims to bring to the fans of Tai Po something different with his playing style.

Perhaps the most noteworthy recruit came in the form of Australian striker Harrison “Hickey Sawyer”, on loan from Philippines club Davao Aguilas for the duration of the season. Standing at 1.95m (6ft 5), he is easily the tallest player in the team.  Despite his young age, Harrison has adapted to Hong Kong in the short time he has been here, noting that the climate is similar to that of the Philippines. He hopes that the club can build on last season’s triumphs and wishes to be an integral part of this title-chasing squad.

Harrison and former Eastern frontman Michel Lugo will make up Tai Po’s foreign quota, along with the club’s Brazilian contingent, consisting of Dudu, Eduardo Praes, David Lazari and Igor Sartori.

Tai Po’s budget this year, after taking the AFC cup into account, stands at 18 million. For preseason, the Greens will travel to Thailand from August 13th to 24th for five friendly matches against Thai teams.

2018/19 Tai Po squad:

1 – Chin Alex Palelei
63 – Li Hon-ho
99 – Tsang Man-fai

3 – Eduardo Praes
4 – Leung Kwun-chung
5 – Luis “Dudu” Eduardo
6 – Chak Ting-fung
15 – Fung Hing-wa

7 – Wong Wai
8 – Lee Ka-yiu
12 – Cheng Tsz-sum
13 – Yeung Chi-lun
16 – Philip Chan Siu-kwan
17 – Chan Hiu-fung
19 – David Lazari
23 – Leung Sing-yiu
26 – Lee Ka-ho
27 – Cheung Chak-wai
28 – Lam Ngai-tong
80 – Chung Wai-keung
88 – Wong Cho-sum
89 – Au Yeung Yiu-chung

11 – Michel Antunes Lugo
14 – Harrison Hickey Sawyer
18 – Igor Torres Sartori
22 – Chiu Siu-wai


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