Hong Kong takes on Nepal in AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers

2021-09-20

Hong Kong Women's Representative Team is set to make its first appearance in the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Tuesday. Hong Kong will face Nepal in Jar Stadium, Tashkent and kick-off time for the Group F affair is set for 18:00 (Hong Kong time).

Currently ranked 76th in world (FIFA World Ranking published on 20th August 2021), Hong Kong will enter the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers with less than a full-strength squad. Skipper Chan Wing-sze, Cheung Wai-ki,Yiu Hei-man and Wai Yuen-ting will all be missing out through various reasons, significantly hampering the team’s overall strength. 

Thankfully, Hong Kong still has many capable players within its ranks, starting with goalkeeper Ng Cheuk-wai and defender Ho Wan-tung. The former played for Taichung Blue Whale in Chinese Taipei last season, while the latter has been plying her trade with Scottish club Queen’s Park. In addition, Hong Kong’s backline also includes battle-tested veterans such as Kwok Ching-man, Chung Pui-ki, Wong So-han and Ma Chak-shun. The presence of these veterans should provide the Hong Kong defense with loads of stability.

Further up the pitch, Chan Wing-sze's absence has undoubtedly created a huge void in the Hong Kong lineup. As a result, ever-improving youngster Chan Wing-lam might be called upon to anchor Hong Kong’s midfield. Wingers Lee Wing-yan and Halasan Tsang are livewires who like to fly down the wings, and both players might be tasked by head coach Rambo Ricardo to provide ammunition for swashbuckling forward Sneha Limbu. 

Staring Hong Kong right in the eyes on Tuesday will be fellow Group F side Nepal. Ranked 101st in the FIFA World Ranking (FIFA World Ranking published on 20th August 2021), Nepal fell short in the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Qualifiers Group F opening fixture by dropping a 1:2 decision to the Philippines. While the result was disappointing for Nepal, the side did manage to take the lead early in the game and only dropped all points by allowing its opponent to score two late goals. Despite being ranked lower than Hong Kong in the FIFA World Ranking, it will be extremely unwise to discount the Nepalese on Tuesday.