Tuesday 07 May 2013

South China to play BAT as Hong Kong champions

Hong Kong club win 41st title ahead of tournament against Barclays Premier League clubs

South China's Chan Wai-ho will face Barclays Premier League strikers in July

South China FC will take part in this summer’s Barclays Asia Trophy this summer as Hong Kong champions after clinching a record 41st title.

The team, who will line up alongside Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland in a four-team tournament in Hong Kong Stadium in July, finished four points clear of their nearest challenger, Kitchee, with 36 points from 18 matches. Kitchee were the local participating team in the previous Barclays Asia Trophy, in 2011, in Hong Kong.

They celebrated the title at their home of Hong Kong Stadium against Sunray Cave Sun Hei. "We introduced more young players at the beginning of the season and it seemed to have worked," said South China owner Steven Lo. "We have been leading the league all the way until March when we suffered two surprising defeats, allowing Kitchee to come back at us. But fortunately the players bounced back. We must avoid making the same mistakes next season."

South China are captained by Lee Chi-ho, who is a bedrock in the defence alongside Chan Wai-ho and both are up for the Footballer of the Year awards in the region.

The sale of tickets for the Barclays Asia Trophy will be launched this month when South China will find out which Barclays Premier League club they will be drawn to face in the semi-final on 24 July in Hong Kong Stadium before the third-place play-off and final three days later.

Premierleague.com will provide further details of the Barclays Asia Trophy later this month.

For the latest updates on where clubs in the Barclays Premier League are touring this summer, click here.

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Key Points

  • South China crowned champions of Hong Kong for the 41st time
  • Club will be representing Hong Kong in Barclays Asia Trophy in July
  • Tickets for Barclays Asia Trophy will be launched this month