AFC Challenge Cup

Hong Kong: Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei’s AFC Cup Group F match with Persibo was abandoned in the 65th minute with the home side leading 8-0 after a series of injures left the Indonesians with only six players on the field, which fell below the required limit as set out in the competition regulations.

“First of all I would like to apologise for tonight’s match,” Persibo coach Gusnul Yakin said at the post-match press conference.

“We tried our best, but our players played very badly and we had lots of players injured.

“The players only arrived this morning and they are tired. We only brought 12 players as we have financial problems.

“We want to continue to play in the AFC Cup but we do not have financial support. We will try our best to play our remaining matches in the AFC Cup.”

Guinean striker Mamadou Barry scored a first-half hat-trick Leung Tsz Chun also scored twice in the first half as Sun Hei raced into a 7-0 lead at half-time with captain Roberto Junior and Liang Zicheng adding their names to the scoresheet.

Liang added an eighth goal at the start of the second half before the game was abandoned after 65 minutes much to the frustration of Sun Hei coach Chiu Chung Man, whose side were set for an emphatic first win in this season’s AFC Cup.

“We played well and we scored a lot of goals,” said coach Chiu.

“We didn’t expect this situation from Persibo; they don’t have any sporting spirit. We were able to treat this match as a training game to prepare for our game on Sunday.”

In accordance with competition regulations, “the AFC Competitions Committee (and if required the AFC Disciplinary Committee) shall decide on the consequences.”

The AFC will review all the incidents pertaining to the match and a decision will be announced in due course.

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