Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon said his charges last night had put in a positive performance by defeating Singapore 2-0 to negate some of the bad press that had been dominating the headlines.
Hong Kong football was last week rocked by the news that the new Kitchee Centre is set to be closed to make way for a government development to alleviate the housing shortage followed by a match-fixing case involving Pegasus Premier League players.
But Kim put in a positive spin – at least on the pitch – with a 2-0 victory at Mong Kok Stadium to win the friendly before an appreciative crowd.
“We did not concede a goal for two games and it’s good, especially today when we wanted to give something positive back to the citizens,” said the coach.
“I hope they would continue coming back to support us and support Hong Kong soccer.”
In front of a 4,200-strong crowd, who, in previous home matches booed the China national anthem, there was none of that.
They did cheer wildly for Alex Akande when the naturalised striker scored in the closing stages of the first half.
He also found the target against Cambodia in Hong Kong’s previous match, which they won 2-0.
A powerful right footer from Huang Yang midway into the second period added to the tally, giving Hong Kong their fourth win over the visitors since 2006.