Day two of the HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens was action packed with excitement and goals galore with teams from all around the world battling it out in both rain and glorious sunshine.
Aside from professional teams, the competition allows amateur players to take to the field as equals to highlight their skills to a wider audience. One such player is the American Shane Jeffrey who turned out for the Yau Yee Select. He discussed his experience of playing in his first ever Hong Kong Sevens.
This was your first Hong Kong Sevens. How was it for you?
It was great. I had known about it last year but wasn’t aware there was an amateur team from HK in it that I could potentially play for so when I heard more information this year I was excited to give it a try. The trial process was tough but gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of good guys and get to know some of them quite well and we came together as a team nicely making it a fantastic weekend.
Unfortunately some of the results didn’t go our way but as an amateur team playing professionals sometimes you need those bounces and a bit of good luck. We gave it a good run and I was happy to be a part of it. Hopefully I can be a part of it for the next few years.
You scored a winner against Eastern. Can you describe the feeling?
Our squad was quite confident in our ability to compete with all the teams in our group and I think we gave a good account of ourselves. It was an amazing feeling to score in the tournament especially against the Hong Kong Premier League champions. I’m just happy that we were able to come away with at least one result on the weekend and it gave us a good confidence boost going into Sundays quarterfinal against HKFA U-21.
Photos of the day including Eastern, Wellington Phoenix, Kitchee, Newcastle, West Ham, Ajax, Hong Kong and Citi All Stars
Photos by Ryan Kam and Stephen Ng
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