Kitchee meets Hong Kong Pegasus in FA Cup quarter-

Despite having its hands full in the premier league title run-in, Kitchee will return to the FA Cup competition on Thursday evening and faceoff against Hong Kong Pegasus in the quarter-final. The knockout clash will take place in Mongkok Stadium and kickoff off time will be 8:00pm. Kitchee got off to a fast start in the first round of the FA Cup by dismantling HKFC 5:1, earning the right to face Hong Kong Pegasus in the quarter-final. The two competing sides have faced each other twice already this season, with Kitchee winning 3:1 and 3:0 respectively. While past records might not carry much weight in a one-off, knockout match, the two victories over Hong Kong Pegasus should nevertheless serve as a healthy confidence booster for the Kitchee players. As a matter of fact, the Blues have been on sizzling hot form recently, racking up five wins on the trot, with strikers Rufino Segovia and Alessandro Leonardo both scoring from left, right and center. The Kitchee duo will certainly try to continue their good run in front of the opposing goal and do their outmost to try to lift Kitchee into the next round of the tournament. Midfielder Krisztian Vadocz acknowledges while Kitchee might be preoccupied by the premier league title-chase, the team is nevertheless hungry for an FA Cup triumph and will go all out trying to force its way into the next round of the FA Cup. “As a member of Kitchee, we always hope to win more honors and titles for the Club. Therefore even though most of the people are focusing on our premier league title-chase, we will still do our very best in the FA Cup and try to bring home the best possible results,” claimed the former Hungarian international. “As a professional player, I always want to win more trophies and medals. Let us see if we can duplicate our magnificent Senior Shield champion-run, put up some good performances and win the FA Cup.” Centre-back Helio Goncalves points out that Hong Kong Pegasus is rounding into form late in the season, making it a legitimate threat to Kitchee on Thursday night. “Hong Kong Pegasus is fast-improving. It looks like they have found the optimal formation and the best possible playing style, making this another tough game for us. Hong Kong Pegasus’ Joao Emir has the ability to change the game with a single pass or shot and can potentially win the game for his team on his own. Therefore he is someone that we really need to keep a close eye on,” said the towering Kitchee defender.