Brian Fok – first Hong Kong international to play in South America

Brian 'the Butcher' Fok has become the first Hong Kong international player to move to South America. Currently, still, a Shanghai Shenhua player, central defender Fok has been loaned out to Uruguayan second division side Juventud.

Nigerian born and Hong Kong raised Fok has become accustomed to joining other teams on loan since his move to Shenhua from Hong Kong Rangers. Shenhua has already sent him out on loan three times before his current move to Uruguay. First, he went to CF Cracks academy in Spain, then to ACS Berceni in Romania and lastly to Shuvalan FK of Azerbaijan.

Fok has one target from all of his loan moves, and that is to keep developing as a player to the point where he is capable of playing at the highest level he can possibly reach. Fok is already a physical presence on the pitch, but he has decided to move to South America to specifically work on the technical side of his game.

Fok has said he is happy that the Uruguayan league is physical. He also said that even though the league is very physical, all the players are still very technical at the same time and he too wants to learn how to become a physical and technical player.

The loan move to Uruguay is for one full season, but both sides have the option to stop the loan after six months if a club makes a move for the defender. Fok commented on his loan move that his goal is to just do well for the six months and see how it goes. He admitted, however, he would be happy to return to Shenhua if he has to, stating “At the end of the day, I’m still a Shenhua player and I might end up going back there. But the important thing is I’m here now and I’m going to do my best for this team and I’ll do my best to improve as a player.”

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