Kitchee Hopes to Get Back on Winning Track against

Kitchee, fresh off a tough loss in the premier league, is set for a head-to-head clash against arch-rival South China on Sunday afternoon in the HKFA League Cup group stage. The Group A battle between the two titans will take place in Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground and kick-off time will be at 2:30pm. Kitchee enjoyed a fast start in the League Cup by notching a 4:0 victory over Glory Sky Wong Tai Sin earlier this season, placing the side in the second position in Group A with one win and three points. With an identical record, South China currently trails Kitchee by the slimmest goal-difference and occupies the third spot. The two local powerhouses had already met up once this season in the HKJC Community Cup with South China coming out victorious in a 2:0 win. With the two sides squaring off once again in the League Cup group stage, the weekend battle is shaping up to be a tilt to be remembered. Captain Lo Kwan-yee maintains the key to success this weekend will rest squarely on Kitchee itself. “Every time we play against South China, it is going to be a hard-fought battle regardless. However, I do believe we need to look into the mirror, find out what we have done wrong over the past few games, then make the necessary corrections,” Lo expressed. “If we can improve from what we have shown in the past few games, play up to our potential, I believe we have nothing to fear against anyone.” Daniel Cancela believes the fixture against South China this weekend will serve as a great opportunity for Kitchee. “We lost a premier league game last week that we probably should not lose. Now that we are back in the League Cup and facing South China, this is a splendid opportunity for us to show the public that the defeat was just a hiccup. Instead, we are definitely capable of playing better than what we showed in our last game,” explained the left-back. “We have a lot of quality players in the squad but our fixture schedule in the early season has been quite irregular, making it hard for the players to stay on top of their form. Now that we are back playing lots of games, I am sure this will help the players to pick up their form.”