Hong Kong Sport

Scholes and Pires among English football legends set to play against local veterans

Legendary footballers from English premier league clubs will play against Hong Kong veterans at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground next month.

Football masters such as Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Robbie Fowler will participate in the ‘Sky Kids EPL All Stars Tour 2015 Hong Kong’ on October 15.

Sky Kids Football Director Roberto Fung Ka-ki — also a former Hong Kong national team footballer — said: “I have studied in the UK and worked in Birmingham, so through a former colleague I knew of this organisation that can invite players to come to Hong Kong. In the end I have invited all the stars that Hong Kong people liked.”

English football team legends Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Robbie Fowler will come to Hong Kong.

English football team legends Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Robbie Fowler will come to Hong Kong. Photo: Facebook/Masters Football Hong Kong.

“Although we have faced some problems in the process, including the high costs, and the fact that we had to move to Siu Sai Wan as the Hong Kong Stadium was closed, we didn’t organise it to make a profit. I hope the fans will support us.”

The English All Stars team will face the Hong Kong Legends team, led by Cheung Chi-tak, Leung Sui-wing and Chan Fat-chi, whose Hong Kong team won 2-1 against China in the World Cup Qualifiers in May 1985.

Younger veteran players such as Leslie Santos and Tam Siu-wai will also play in the match.

Santos told Ming Pao that he was most excited to play against Scholes for his professionalism. He said that it was a “rare opportunity” to play against world stars with his old teammates.

The Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: HKFA.

The Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: HKFA.

The other match of the night will be between veterans of Seiko – a now-defunct Hong Kong top flight team – and the Sky Kids team, made up of children under 12.

It will be the first match in which foreign stars are involved since the Hong Kong Stadium was closed in April for pitch renovation, according to Ming Pao.

The other overseas stars who will be coming to Hong Kong are Emmanuel Petit, Luis Garcia, Steve McManaman, Darren Anderton, Keith Gillespie, Lee Sharp, Stephane Henchoz, Steven Harkness, John Beresford,Gus Cesar, Des Walker, Ben Thornley and Sasa Illic.

Tickets will be on sale on September 25.

Scholes and Pires among English football legends set to play against local veterans