Tournament regulars KCC Veterans return to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens once more after exiting the 2017 edition of the competition at the end of the group stage.
Despite several encouraging results – including a 1-1 draw with eventual finalists Wallsend Boys Club and a 2-1 win over HKFC Chairman’s Select – KCC Veterans could only manage fourth place in their group, amassing five points to miss out on a place in the Plate final by a point to playonPROS.
The historic Kowloon institution has been well represented over the years, with former players including Liverpool and England legend John Barnes, ex-Scotland and Everton forward Pat Nevin and former Northern Ireland and Wimbledon striker Lawrie Sanchez featuring. KCC Veterans reached the final of the Plate competition in both 2015 and 2016, losing to HKFC Chairman’s Select and Discovery Bay in respective years.
They also previously won the second-tier competition in 2009 by defeating Yau Yee League Masters 2-0 in the final. The Veterans achieved their best-ever performance in 2008 and 2011 when they advanced beyond the group stage to make the Cup quarter-finals.