Lam Ka Wai
|Date of birth||5 June 1985|
|Place of birth||Hong Kong|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2002–2008||Hong Kong Rangers||79||(7)|
|2002–2003||→ Double Flower (loan)||18||(1)|
|2003–2004||→ Kitchee (loan)||22||(5)|
|Hong Kong U-23||?||(?)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2012.
Lam Ka Wai (Chinese: 林嘉緯; Jyutping: lam4 gaa1 wai5; born 5 June 1985 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong professional footballer.He is one of the best of Hong Kong's next generation of footballers. He is known for his ability to pass and for his shooting technique. Lam Ka Wai currently plays as a midfielder for Kitchee in Hong Kong Premier League.
Lam Ka Wai lived away from his parents and spent his childhood years playing football. During his school life, he had showed his talent in soccer. He could complete with high school teammate while aged 15. He was studying in Concordia Lutheran School and after Form 3 he ceased his studies to pursue a football career.
He started his football career at Yee Hope FC's youth academy, in 2002 he joined Rangers, but was loaned to Double Flower, on a monthly salary of just HK$1,500 (US$192), to train under coach Chiu Chung Man. He was then loaned further to Kitchee when he was just 17. In 2004 he returned to Rangers and began to impress. He was selected for the Hong Kong in 2005 and scored on his debut. But he suffered a severe ankle ligament injury in 2005 and was sidelined for most of the league season.
On 29 July 2013, Lam Ka Wai played against Manchester United. He dribbled pass Manchester United star midfielder Michael Carrick before unleashing a wonder shot pass Ben Amos. He also gave an assist to Alex that tore open Manchester United's defence.
In the 2010-11 Hong Kong First Division League season, he scored 9 goals and was a key member of the team that overcame South China AA by one point to win the league title. This was the first title for Kitchee in 47 years, gaining the club the rights to play in the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy and 2012 AFC Cup.
Lam Ka Wai's contribution included two goals against South China on 11 December 2010 to help Kitchee claim an important 4:3 away win. He scored two more in the 7:0 victory over Tai Chung FC on 1 May 2011.
After the season ended, Lam Ka Wai played in a local soccer game without Kitchee's consent and fractured his fibula, making him unable to play for either Hong Kong in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification matches or for Kitchee in the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy. For this reason, Kitchee stripped him of his vice captaincy.
On 19 April 2012, Lam Ka Wai received the Most Valuable Player for March 2012 award from the Hong Kong Sport Press Association, after helping the club win the 2011-12 Hong Kong League Cup.
On 29 July 2013, in an exhibition match against English Premier League giants Manchester United at the Hong Kong Stadium, Lam Ka Wai scored by curling the ball into the top corner from outside the box on 53 minutes, giving reserve United keeper Ben Amos no chance. But Kitchee lost the match 2–5.
Lam Ka Wai earned his first full international cap against Mongolia on 5 March 2005. On 1 June 2012, Lam Ka Wai scored the only goal in Hong Kong's friendly win against Singapore at the Hong Kong Stadium.
- Hong Kong First Division League
- Winner: 2010–11, 2011–12
- Hong Kong League Cup
- Winner: 2011–12
- Hong Kong FA Cup
- Winner: 2011–12
As of 6 December 2006
|Club||Season||League||League Cup||Senior Shield||FA Cup||AFC Cup||Total|
|Double Flower (loan)||2002–03||?||?||?||?||?||0||?||0||—||—||?||?|
- As of 16 November 2014
Notes and references
- (traditional Chinese (HK))林嘉緯回到快樂的17歲 Ming Pao. (by Sina.com.hk) 21 February 2009.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))林嘉緯港隊10號仔 Oriental Daily. 10 June 2011.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))埠際賽港隊唔選少林兵 Oriental Daily. 8 June 2010.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))隊長林嘉緯建奇功 傑志險勝南華重登一哥 Wen Wei Po. 12 December 2010.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))7:0狂數大中傑志捧盃在望 Oriental Daily. 2 May 2011.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))足球 盧均宜林嘉緯冇得做隊長 Apple Daily. 3 August 2011.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))傑志贏公民重登榜首 Apple Daily (HK). 20 April 2012.
- "Friendly on fire". The Standard. 30 July 2013.
- (traditional Chinese (HK))林嘉緯一錘定音 摩帥領港足2連勝 Wen Wei Po 2012年6月2日.