Gombau leads Kitchee to historic feats

Adelaide United’s incoming coach Josep Gombau has masterminded his Hong Kong club’s second consecutive Hong Kong FA Cup win as well as a first time path through to the quarter finals of the AFC Cup.

Adelaide United-s incoming coach Josep Gombau has masterminded his Hong Kong club-s second consecutive Hong Kong FA Cup win as well as a first time path through to the quarter finals of the AFC Cup.

Kitchee saved their best for last to beat Sun Pegasus in the FA Cup Final through a lone strike from Pablo Gonzalez at Hong Kong Stadium last Saturday night.

The former Spain Under-21 international powered home from 25 metres out early in the second half, handing Kitchee a 1-0 win as well and their first silverware of the season.

Kitchee last night also reached the last eight of the AFC Cup for the first time in their history courtesy of a stunning 2-0 away triumph over Malaysian treble winners Kelatun yesterday.

Two first half goals set up the result as Kitchee ended Kelantan-s seven game unbeaten home run in the competition and gave Gombau a fitting farewell in his final AFC Cup game before he comes to Australia to join the Reds.

“I am very happy because this is a big moment for the team and they all played well tonight from defence to midfield to attack,” Gombau said after the match.

“Kelantan are a very good team as they proved by reaching the last 16 for the second time in two years but we have also improved. We have been building this team for four years and every day we are improving so I am very satisfied with them.”

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Gombau has been liaising with the Reds- football department in planning the Reds- pre season schedule, and will spend some time with his staff here in Adelaide later this month but the Spaniard will not officially join the squad until he arrives back from Europe in early July.

Image courtesy of the South China Morning Post