Hong Kong Representative Team faces Chinese Taipei on Tuesday evening in international friendly matc

2019-06-10

Hong Kong Representative Team will be making its 2019 international debut on Tuesday evening, taking on the visiting Chinese Taipei in Mongkok Stadium for an international friendly match. Kick-off time for the highly anticipated affair will be 8:00pm.

Led by newly appointed head coach Mixu Paatelainen, the 141st ranked Hong Kong will be playing its first international fixture in 2019 on Tuesday night. (based on FIFA World ranking published on 4th April 2019) After extensive scouting and considerations, Paatelainen has brought in proven veterans such as goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai and midfielder Huang Yang, as well as in-form performers in the shape of Wong Wai and Philip Chan. In order to provide supporters with a glimpse of Hong Kong football’s future, Paatelainen has also called up Chan Shinichi and Sun Ming-him, hoping to inject some youthful exuberance to the side.

Set to take charge of Hong Kong for the very first time on Tuesday evening, head coach Mixu Paatelainen feels extremely positive about his new charges.

“From what I have seen so far in training, players are in quite decent form,” observed Paatelainen.

“The players have left me with very positive impressions. They are all highly-skilled and despite our initial tempo might be a bit slow, this will actually help us to execute our match tactics.”

“I want the team to play with unity and speed. Players must be effective on the pitch and play modern style football, just like Spartans.”

Ranked 125th in the FIFA world ranking (published on the 4th April 2019), Chinese Taipei is still looking for its first victory under the stewardship of head coach Louis Lancaster, who took over the team at the start of 2019. Under the guidance of Lancaster, Chinese Taipei held Myanmar to a goalless away draw in March, before losing to Solomon Islands 0:1 at home. Prior to arriving Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei tied Nepal 1:1 at home in another international friendly.

While stalwarts such as Tim Chow, Wen Chih-hao and Will Donkin will all be missing the international friendly match against Hong Kong for various reasons, Chinese Taipei is still a highly dangerous side to face. Charismatic skipper Chen Po-liang will provide leadership, drive and skill to the team, flanked by talented attacker Chen Hao-wei, tough-as-nails defender Wang Ruei, sure-handed goalkeeper Pan Wen-chieh and burly forward Chu En-le, the visiting Chinese Taipei definitely has the potential to unsettle Hong Kong.