Written by Rahul Melwani | Photographs by Isaac Yee
The U20 boys football team represents CIS in both the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation (HKSSF) Football League and the International School Sports Federation Hong Kong (ISSFHK). The squad trains every Tuesday, from 3.30 pm to 4:30 pm, at the Happy Valley Recreational Ground. Matches are on weekdays and weekends in the HKSSF league from October to December; and from 27 February to 27 April in the ISSFHK league.
Last year the U20 boys got knocked out of the HKSSF tournament in the round of sixteen. This was against a tough opponent, Kung Lee. With a late goal in the last play of the game, the boys managed to take the game to extra time and then to a penalty shootout, which they lost. However, this year the team has a much better chance due to high quality players coming up from the U16 team and from Hangzhou. Furthermore, head of Sports and Activities at CIS, Mr. Fraser is the new coach of the team, with many years of experience playing professional football. This will also be the first year in a while that the team has had a spot in the ISSFHK tournament, giving the team more playing time as well as opportunity to prove themselves.
Two members of the current A grade football team at CIS represent the Hong Kong team. Erik Wihlborn, the captain of U20 Football at CIS, is part of the U18 Hong Kong team, as well as the Hong Kong Football Club Colts. Kyle Lau is currently part of the U16 Hong Kong team, as well as a U16 division 1 league team called Sun Pegasus.