Date
24 January 2017
Wu Kwok-hung was a hero of the former Seiko Division 1 team. Photos: sportsoho.com, Apple Daily
Wu Kwok-hung was a hero of the former Seiko Division 1 team. Photos: sportsoho.com, Apple Daily

Football community mourns loss of ‘Big Head’ Wu Kwok-hung

Local football icon Wu Kwok-hung died Monday aged 66 after losing his battle with cancer, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The Hong Kong representative team will observe a minute of silence before the 2016 World Cup qualifier game against the Maldives Tuesday night at Mong Kok Stadium in memory of the football talent nicknamed “Big Head”.

The football community is considering holding a commemorative match for Wu and his teammates in the former Seiko Division 1 team and the Hong Kong representative team.

Hong Kong Football Association chairman Brian Leung Hung-tak said Wu was the Pele of Asia and had won an abiding place in the hearts of local football fans.

Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing passed on his condolences to the family, saying Wu was an exemplary role model for local footballers.

Wu was named Footballer of the Year four years in a row, from 1979 to 1982, a record that has yet to be broken.

Former Seiko team manager Cheung Yuen said he will be talking with Wu’s family about funeral arrangements and expects plans to be finalized in a day or two.

Cheung visited Wu in hospital last week while he was still conscious.

He said Wu was a man of honor and looked after his teammates all the time, including helping them fight for unpaid salaries.

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