Jockey Club International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2019 kicks off during Easter Holida
The highly-anticipated Jockey Club International Youth Invitational Football Tournament 2019 will kick-off during the Easter holiday, with exciting matches taking place on Friday, Saturday and next Monday in Po Kong Village Road Park Artificial Turf Football Pitch. Kick-off times for the Under-18 matches will be 10:00am, while the Under-15 matches will go underway at 2:30pm.
Hong Kong will send out two teams in this year's competition, with the Hong Kong Under-15 Representative Team coming up against Malaysia Under-15 National Team, Myanmar Under-15 National Team and Singapore Under-15 National Team; while the Hong Kong Under-18 Representative Team will rub shoulders with Myanmar Under-18 National Team, Singapore Under-18 National Team and Vietnam Under-18 National Team.
Charismatic Hong Kong Under-15 Representative Team head coach Kenneth Kwok encourages his players to give it their absolute best in the tournament.
“I have been coaching these young players for the past few years now,”expressed Kwok.
“I am extremely happy for the opportunity to lead the charges and witness these players having the opportunity to showcase their skill and determination. This will be the first time for a lot of them to play against other Asian countries and I hope the players will not get intimated by the occasion, put on their game faces, go out and play some attacking football.”
Hong Kong Under-15 Representative Team forward Daniel Cheung indicates the team is ready to compete in the tournament and hopes to perform up to its potential.
“We have been practicing twice-a-week for a while and actually stepped up our training frequency as we approached the tournament,” explained Cheung.
“I competed in last year's tournament and gained a lot from the experience. I am coming back once again but this year, I already know the competition format and what I might be facing on the pitch, hence I am not overly nervous. I am really looking forward to the tournament and hopefully, the team can perform well on the occasion.”
Hong Kong Under-18 Representative Team head coach Tang Kwun-yin has clear expectations for his side entering the competition.
“We need to be more aggressive than before and play a more attacking-minded game. From an attacking standpoint, we will focus on playing on the ground with different combination plays, hoping to exert pressure to the opponent and dictate the game,”Tang declared.
Hong Kong Under-18 Representative Team attacker Anson Wong shares his personal goal heading into the tournament.
“We must go into every game with a must-win attitude,”Wong stated in a matter-of-fact manner.
“We will give it our absolute best and will not give up until the final-whistle. If you do that, even when results do not go your way, you can leave the pitch with no regrets.”