Wednesday, November 4, 2009

South China FC Striker Gets Trial With Tottenham Hotspur

While filtering through the internet for English Premier League news, I came across this bit of article from AsiaOne Sports section.

HONG KONG - English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have offered a trial to a Hong Kong international striker who scored against the London giants in a pre-season friendly, a news report said Wednesday. Chan Siu-ki, 24, will have 10 days to impress Spurs boss Harry Redknapp next month, the South China Morning Post said. The forward has scored 22 goals in 27 appearances for his club South China, the newspaper said, and netted with a long-distance volley against Spurs when the two teams met in Hong Kong in the summer. The Hong Kong champions and Tottenham on Tuesday agreed a "club partnership", the paper said, in an effort to boost the English side's profile in Asia.

This news came right after a club partnership deal between South China FC and Tottenham Hotspur on the 3rd November 2009. South China becomes the first club partner with Spurs in Asia. Besides planning in sharing of best practice in any areas of the technical and business sides of football, Tottenham Hotspur has the first option on South China players on all age levels. Hence South China's best player is off to try his luck in London. This is purely a commercial publicity exercise and a fulfilment of partnership obligations.

Nevertheless, it is always refreshing to read about footballers from South East Asia trying to succeed in Europe. My concern however is why choose the English football league, which is fast and physical. Though skillful, Asian footballers can't compete physically hence the chances of being successful are slim. Serious Asian footballers hoping for trials should opt for Dutch and Belgian leagues which are more conducive breeding grounds.

For those who have not seen him in action, here's a YouTube video highlights from scaaforever.

More articles on South East Asian footballers
Overseas Malaysians in football
The future of Singapore football

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