Hong Kong keeping busy

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The majority of the East Asian leagues are preparing for a new season but we are midway through the Hong Kong Premier League. There is still a title race on but R&F are starting to look like the front runners as they sit four points clear. 

Lots of those goals 

There were to be plenty of goals over the weekend action in Hong Kong as the fixtures started on the Thursday with Kitchee picking up an 3-0 away win over Pegasus. Elsewhere R&F at the top heaped more misery on bottom side Hong Kong Rangers as they defeated them 5-0.

We also saw current champions Tai Po lose at home to second place Southern while Eastern defeated Lee Man 2-1.

In Sunday's final league game of the weekend Happy Valley drew with Yuen Long in the leagues 'relegation' six-pointer as the sides sit in ninth and eighth spot.

No Champions League 

Away from the league action, Tai Po exited the Asian Champions League at the 2nd Preliminary Round stage. This was seen at they lost 5-1 to Kedah the Malaysian side. It was at least an entertaining match played out in front of nearly 20,000 fans (pictured) in Alor Setar, Malaysia.

The game was won with a Kipré Tchétché hat-trick for the home side, joined with Muhammad Hadin Azman's brace. The Hong Kong side additionally picked up a red card on 34 minutes, when Sun Ming Him received a straight red card.

The East Asian side did at least get a goal though on 68 minutes through Chan Man Fai. The results means that Tai Po will play in Group H of the 2020 AFC Cup.

Change of dates 

Other news from Hong Kong we have heard through the power of the Hong Kong Football Podcast that there are talks to change the Hong Kong Football calender. This will see it follow suit with the CSL, J League and K League by running throughout the summer. 

The plan will see no football played during the day while the country is at it's hottest in the summer too which is an interesting move. It could likewise see an end to the Christmas fixtures which are a traditional part of the Hong Kong Football calender. 

Talks are in the early stages with this and nothing is confirmed but we will keep you updated. Elsewhere I did also write a piece on Hong Kong Football for the Asian Dialogue and you can give it a read here. 

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