Kitchee - Churchill Brothers Preview: 'Hong Kong Barcelona' to go all out for a win
Kitchee SC welcome Churchill Brothers SC to the Mong Kok stadium for the AFC Cup opener in what could be a one-sided game in favour of the Hong Kong club
By Sadat Osman
Kin Fung - Rehman - Recio - Kwan Yee
Siu Kei - Yang - Man Fai
Jorge - Pablo - Chi Kwan
Franco - Ravanan - Tamba - Yumnam
Dias - Lenny - Tomba
Antchouet - Chhetri
Kitchee SC ride into their AFC Cup campaign with no intention of resting players.
General Manager of the Hong Kong, Ken Ng, wants his players to go all out against the Churchill Brothers at the Mong Kok Stadium.
Ng said: “There is no way to save the stamina for the match against the Churchill Brothers and the only way is to give their all and fight.”
Kitchee striker Cheng Siu Wai might not start for Ng’s side but could be available on the bench.
Churchill Brothers seem to be prepared for a tough fixture and have roped in India striker Sunil Chhetri who will only be playing his second game for his new club after netting two goals in what was an impressive showing against Dempo in a local Goa league.
They will also be missing the main player Beto. He is usually lethal from set-pieces and is their main creative force. Kitchee can benefit from this.
“[Kitchee SC] must be a strong side as they drew against Arsenal in the pre-season [but] we will be going for a win," said Churchill midfielder Lenny Rodrigues.
"As we will be playing away, I think a draw would also be a good result.”
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kitchee SC is known as "Hong Kong Barcelona" because their coach Josep Gombau was, at one time, among the coaching staff of Barcelona.
- The Hong Kong club have held Arsenal to a 2-2 draw in one of their pre-season friendly matches.
- Churchill Brothers SC, who finished third, are participating in the AFC Cup this year after I-League champions Dempo SC decided to pull out of this edition of the competition.
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|Asia - AFC Cup (AFCC)||Apr 24, 2013||Churchill Brothers SC 0 - Kitchee SC 4|
|Asia - AFC Cup (AFCC)||Feb 26, 2013||Kitchee SC 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 0|
|Nov 30, 2013||Tuen Mun 0 - Kitchee SC 5||HKFA|
|Nov 23, 2013||Yuen Long FC 0 - Kitchee SC 2||HKFA|
|Nov 3, 2013||Southern District 0 - Kitchee SC 1||HKFA|
|Oct 19, 2013||Yokohama FC Hong Kong 0 - Kitchee SC 1||HKFA|
|Sep 29, 2013||Kitchee SC 3 - Citizen Athletic 1||HKFA|
|Churchill Brothers SC|
|Dec 6, 2013||Churchill Brothers SC 1 - Bengaluru FC 3||I-L|
|Nov 28, 2013||Churchill Brothers SC 3 - Sporting Clube de Goa 2||I-L|
|Nov 23, 2013||Mohammedan Sporting 0 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|Nov 6, 2013||Dempo SC 1 - Churchill Brothers SC 0||I-L|
|Nov 2, 2013||United Sports Club 3 - Churchill Brothers SC 2||I-L|
|-||Cheung Kin Fung||Defender|
|7||Chu Siu Kei||Midfielder|
|12||Kwan Yee Lo||Midfielder|
|13||Chan Man Fai||Midfielder|
|-||Cheng Siu Wai||Striker|
|14||Liu Quan Kun||Defender|
|21||Tsang Kam To||Defender|
|10||Lam Ka Wai||Midfielder|
|-||Tsang Chi Hau||Midfielder|
|22||Lo Chi Kwan||Midfielder|
|2||Sudhakaran Naveen Kumar||Defender|
|18||Thangjam Saran Singh||Defender|