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HK kids top tournament

23 Hong Kong FC U12s

For the second year running, junior squads from Hong Kong Football Club joined local teams in seven-a-side competition organised by the IndoChina Starfish Foundation at the Mekong Pitch on Sunday.

The visitors showed their class by winning the U12 final, beating ISF Tigers 1-0.

Juice Master United overcame the Black Fins 4-2 to win the U12 Plate final.

However, HKFC missed out on their cup chances in the U10 section, finally settling down to pick up the plate final against their own first team after a 3-0 win.

The title game was won by The Seasiders 2, who got the measure of their first string 4-2. Him Nakha and Phanith struck a brace each for the winners, while Phanny’s double came as at consolation for the losers.

The highlight of the day was a game organised for players with learning disabilities.

The Hong Kong-based Crusaders, a team comprised of players with special needs, joined their Cambodian counterparts from four NGOs. As many as 50 players, eight of them from the Crusaders, took part in a series of fun games, which stretched up to nearly three hours.

The event was made possible by Nigel Merritt, who has been working as a coach with the Crusaders in Hong Kong for the past 10 years. He spent some quality time with the ISF coaches, sharing his vast experience and expertise with them. Merritt will be back later this year to help the ISF coaches further.

“We were excited to learn from Nigel Merritt. We will do more to include more players with disabilities in our programs,” ISF’s Football program manager Yin Samedy told the Post.

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