Kim Pan Gon, a well-known coach in Hong Kong who led the Hong Kong Representative team to victory in the 2009 East Asian Games football tournament, confirmed that he will take up the challenge of being the Acting Head Coach for Hong Kong Senior Team. During this period, Kim will play a dual role by retaining his involvement in the Hong Kong Youth Academy.
Kim expects this position will be a challenging mission but he is confident that he can handle it well and lead Hong Kong to further success. “It’s my honour to be the Hong Kong Acting Head Coach again. At this moment, the first priority is to fully understand the ability of the Hong Kong Senior team players and prepare them effectively for the EAFF East Asian Cup Preliminary Round 2 in early December.”
Kim is keen to continue his “Die for Hong Kong” attitude and the HKFA would like to invite all the media to his training session which will be held on next Tuesday at Mong Kok Stadium between 10 and 12 a.m.. “I am glad to have an international Match (against Malaysia on 14th November) before the EAFF games. It is a great opportunity for me to evaluate the players and adjust the team. I only have three training session before the Malaysia game but I will try my best to build a competitive team to compete with any opponents.”
The CEO of HKFA, Mark Sutcliffe, mentioned: “Coach Kim is very experienced and he knows and understands the current crop of players very well. I have watched him Coach the Academy teams recently and he is very thorough and totally dedicated. His professional approach and tactical ability as well as his proven man-management skills make him an ideal person to undertake this demanding position. I have no doubt that he is the right man for the job. He will get all the support he needs from the HKFA and I hope he will receive the same from the Hong Kong fans. We have seen recently how difficult it is to compete in international football and we have some very difficult matches to come in the near future. Given where we are now we need to balance hope with expectation.”
Hong Kong will play Malaysia on 14th November, 2012 (Thursday) at 20:45 (Malaysia Time) in Shah Alam Stadium (Malaysia) and the following players have been selected for the Hong Kong Senior Representative Team. Twenty eight players have been selected in the training squad. The details are as follows:
Hong Kong Representative Team and Malaysia Team Schedule