Chu Chi Kwong

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Chu Chi Kwong
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Personal information
Full nameAlex Chu Chi Kwong
Date of birth (1960-08-29) 29 August 1960 (age 60)
Place of birth Hong Kong
Position(s) Defender, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kitchee
(Head coach)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1980–1988 Sea Bee
1988–1999 Sing Tao
Teams managed
2001–2005 Fukien
2006–2016 Kitchee (assistant coach)
2007–2008 Kitchee (caretaker)
2013–2014 Kitchee (caretaker)
2016 Kitchee (caretaker)
2016–2019 Kitchee
2016– Kitchee (director of football)
2019 Hong Kong (assistant coach)
2020– Kitchee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alex Chu Chi Kwong (Chinese :朱志光; Jyutping :zyu1 zi3 gwong1; born 29 August 1960) is a Hong Kong football manager and former player. He is the current head coach and director of football of Hong Kong Premier League club Kitchee.

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Chu holds an AFC “Pro” License coaching certification. [1]

Playing career

Born in Hong Kong, Chu played for Hong Kong First Division clubs Sea Bee and Sing Tao during his playing career. While playing for Sing Tao, Chu lifted the Viceroy Cup twice, during the 1994-95 and 1996-97 seasons.

Coaching career

Following retirement from playing, Chu took over the managerial position at Fukien in 2001. Despite working with a limited budget, Fukien were able to stave off relegation from First Division during Chu's first three years at the club while occasionally scoring upset victories over table toppers Happy Valley and Sun Hei. During his tenure, he discovered and signed talent players such as Tong Kin Man, Zhang Chunhui and Wong Chin Hung.

After a disappointing 8th place finish during the 2004-05 season, Fukien were not originally relegated from the First Division. However, the club chose to voluntarily relegate themselves to the Second Division and Chu left the club.

In 2006, Chu joined Kitchee as a coach. Players such as Ngan Lok Fung, Li Ngai Hoi, Tsang Kin Fong trained under his tutelage at Kitchee's academy and later became professional footballers. After the departure of Dejan Antonić on 27 December 2007, Chu was asked to become the caretaker. His managerial debut for Kitchee came on 11 January 2008 which resulted in a 1-1 draw against Eastern.

On 14 November 2013, manager Àlex Gómez suddenly resigned his position. Chu and Cheng Siu Chung were named co-caretakers of the club until the end of the 2013-14 season. Both Chu and Cheng were responsible for leading Kitchee to an undefeated season and the league title.

On 5 March 2016, history was repeated as Abraham García suddenly resigned as manager of Kitchee. Chu was named caretaker for the remainder of the season.

Ahead of the 2016-17 season, Chu was named the permanent manager as well as Director of Football for the club. Kitchee were rewarded for their decision as Chu managed the first team to a domestic treble, capturing the Premier League, the Hong Kong FA Cup and the Senior Shield. The only blemish on their historic season was a 2017 AFC Champions League qualifying playoff round loss to Ulsan Hyundai. Kitchee had taken the Korean club to penalties but came up just short of qualifying for the Champions League group stage for the first time. For his achievements, Chu won the Hong Kong Coach of the Year award for 2017. [2]

On 3 July 2019, Chu stepped down from his head coaching duties at Kitchee. [3]

On 11 August 2019, Chu was appointed as an assistant to Hong Kong head coach Mixu Paatelainen until the end of the year. [4]

On 23 March 2020, Chu was named as caretaker of Kitchee until the end of the 2019–20 season following Blaž Slišković's decision to step down as head coach. [5]

Honours

As a coach

Kitchee

As a player

Sing Tao

Individual

Footnotes

  1. Upon its formation in 2014, Hong Kong Premier League became the top tier of Hong Kong football; the First and Second Divisions then became the second and third tiers, respectively.

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References

  1. ""AFC A-License Coaching Course"Graduation". Hong Kong Football Association. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. "2016/17 Hong Kong Top Footballer Awards" . Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  3. Chan, Kin-wa. "Former Yugoslavia great Blaz Sliskovic appointed Kitchee boss". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. "傑志足球總監朱志光轉任港隊助理主教練". Sing Tao. Retrieved 11 August 2019.(in Chinese)
  5. Gao, Si Kei. "傑志因應疫情調整教練團 朱志光生涯第4度暫代主教練". HK01. Retrieved 23 March 2020.(in Chinese)