Sham Kwok Keung

Sham Kwok Keung
Personal information
Full name Sham Kwok Keung
Date of birth (1985-09-10) 10 September 1985
Place of birth Hong Kong, China
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Kitchee SC
Number 33
Youth career
2000–2002 Happy Valley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Happy Valley 126 (29)
2009–2010 Shatin 17 (4)
2010–2014 Citizen 47 (4)
2014-2015 Sun Pegasus 14 (3)
2015- Kitchee SC
National team
Hong Kong U-23
2003–2014 Hong Kong 21 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 June 2011.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 August 2014
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Sham.

Sham Kwok Keung (Chinese: 沈國強; Jyutping: sam2 gwok3 koeng4, born 10 September 1985 in Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong international footballer that plays striker for Hong Kong and Citizen. On 17 August 2006, Sham scored two goals in a draw against Uzbekistan in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifier (Group F).[1]

He is the younger brother of footballer Sham Kwok Fai.


Happy Valley career

Both Sham Kwok Keung and his older brother Sham Kwok Fai were youth products of Happy Valley AA. He was named the Best Young Player in the 2003-04 Hong Kong First Division League season. But since then his progress has been hampered by injuries. At the end of the 2005–06 season he underwent surgery for his knee and spent 3 months recuperating. He regained a starting position but then twisted his ankle and broke half of his tendon, ending his season. The injuries caused him to change his shirt number from 12 to 13.[2]

Shatin career

Sham Kwok Keung joined Shatin SA in the 2009-10 Hong Kong First Division League season, after Happy Valley was relegated. He scored a goal in the 7th minute against Tai Po FC to help the team win its first game by 4–1 on 24 October 2009.[3]

Shatin SA was relegated at the end of the season. Sham Kwok Keung thus moved to Citizen to replace Xu Deshuai who moved to South China AA.[4]

Citizen career

Sham Kwok Keung scored the second goal with a header, from brother Sham Kwok Fai's cross, for Citizen and helped the team overcome a 0–3 deficit in the 2010-11 Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield final against South China AA, to eventually tie the match 3–3. Citizen went on to win the penalty shoot-out by 4–2 to win the trophy and qualified for the 2012 AFC Cup.[5]

In the league, on 19 December 2010, Sham Kwok Keung scored against Kitchee to earn a 1–1 draw for Citizen.[6] On April 2011, he scored the only goal in Citizen's 1–0 win over Tai Chung FC.[7] In all he scored 6 goals for Citizen in the 2010–11 league season.[8]

On 17 November 2011, he was diagnosed with a broken rib, sustained in the match in October against Tuen Mun SA when he was hit in the chest, and had to rest for 3 weeks. He did not therefore play against league champions Kitchee SC on 20 November 2011.[9] On 6 January 2012, Sham Kwok Keung scored a header in the 85th minute against South China to make it 3–2 to Citizen, but later he was sent off for two bookable offences. The matched ended 3–3.[10]

International career

Sham Kwok Keung playing for Hong Kong team in 2011

Hong Kong U23

Sham Kwok Keung played in the 2006 Asian Games for Hong Kong. He scored a goal in the 8th minute against Iran national under-23 football team, but Hong Kong eventually lost the match 1–2.[11]

Sham Kwok Keung was a member of the Hong Kong national under-23 football team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics Asian qualifiers. He scored a goal with a bicycle kick and provided an assist to Chan Siu Ki to score and win the game 3–0 in the qualifying match away to Bangladesh.[12] Hong Kong lost the home leg 0–1 but still proceeded to the next round.[13]

Hong Kong

In a 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualifying game, Sham Kwok Keung appeared as a substitute for Hong Kong against Uzbekistan and scored two goals at the 66th and 87th minute, to help Hong Kong gain a point from the game, thus keeping Hong Kong's hopes alive for qualification. Sham Kwok Keung received great praise from coach Lai Sun Cheung after the match for his contribution.[14] On 2 October 2011, Sham Kwok Keung scored two goals for Hong Kong in the 2011 Long Teng Cup against Macau to help Hong Kong win the match by 5–1.[15] He was then sent off after two bookable offences in the last match against Chinese Taipei, but Hong Kong still won 6–0.[16]

Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup

In the 2011 Guangdong–Hong Kong Cup, Guangdong won its home leg 3–1. Sham Kwok Keung scored the equalising goal in the return leg and Hong Kong drew the match 1–1, but Hong Kong lost the tie 4–2.[17]



Happy Valley

Citizen AA

Personal honours

Career statistics

Club career

As of 18 August 2006

Club Season League League Cup Senior Shield FA Cup AFC Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Happy Valley 2002–03 ???????0?0??
2003–04 ?3?0?3?1?0?7
2004–05 ???0?????0??
2005–06 7231200041164
2006–07 ?5?0?2?1???8
2007–08 10241321100185
2008–09 18310101000213

International career

As of 16 October 2012
# Date Venue Opponent Result Record Competition
1 6 November 2003 Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 1–4 0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2 8 November 2003 Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Tajikistan 0–0 0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
3 10 November 2003 Pakhtakor Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Thailand 2–1 0 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
4 4 December 2003 National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan  South Korea 1–3 0 2003 EAFF Championship
5 18 February 2004 Darulmakmur Stadium, Penang, Malaysia  Malaysia 3–1 0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 30 November 2004 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore  Singapore 0–0 (6–5 PSO) 0 Friendly
7 2 December 2004 Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore  Myanmar 2–2 0 Friendly
8 1 February 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Croatia 0–4 0 2006 Carlsberg Cup
9 15 February 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Singapore 1–1 0 Friendly
10 18 February 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  India 2–2 0 Friendly
11 12 August 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Singapore 1–2 0 Friendly
12 16 August 2006 Pakhtakor Markaziy Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan  Uzbekistan 2–2 2 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
13 6 September 2006 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  Uzbekistan 0–0 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
14 6 September 2006 Al Gharrafa Stadium, Doha, Qatar  Qatar 0–2 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
15 15 November 2006 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong  Bangladesh 2–0 0 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualification
16 1 June 2007 Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia  Indonesia 0–3 0 Friendly
17 10 June 2007 So Kon Po Recreation Ground, Hong Kong  Macau 2–1 0 2007 Hong Kong–Macau Interport
18 30 September 2011 Kaohsiung National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan  Philippines 3–3 0 2011 Long Teng Cup
19 2 October 2011 Kaohsiung National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan  Macau 5–1 2 2011 Long Teng Cup
20 4 October 2011 Kaohsiung National Stadium, Kaohsiung, Taiwan  Chinese Taipei 6–0 0 2011 Long Teng Cup
21 16 October 2012 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Kowloon  Malaysia 0–3 0 Friendly

Notes and references

  1. Uzbeks stunned by Sham double
  2. (Chinese)這個殺手不太冷 沈國強盼再創奇 Apple Daily. 5 September 2006.
  3. (Chinese)朱兆基 卡爾齊演「帽子戲法」 Wen Wei Po. 25 October 2009.
  4. (Chinese)沈國強加盟公民 Ta Kung Pao 22 July 2010
  5. (Chinese)公民戲劇性首奪銀牌錦標 Wen Wei Po 17 January 2011
  6. (Chinese)傑志僅和公民 羅傑承:多謝晒 Ming Pao (by 20 December 2010.
  7. (Chinese)公民撃敗大中 Apple Daily. 16 April 2011.
  8. Hong Kong Football Association profile 2010–11 Hong Kong Football Association player profile
  9. (traditional Chinese (HK))足球 公民沈國強骨裂難鬥傑志 Apple Daily. 18 November 2011.
  10. (traditional Chinese (HK))蠍子王又老烏公民慘和南華 Oriental Daily. 7 January 2012.
  11. (Chinese)2006多哈亞運會 – 香港1比2不敵伊朗 Hong Kong Football Association match report. 4 December 2006.
  12. (Chinese)2008 北京奧運預賽 孟加拉 0:3 香港 Hong Kong Football Association. Bangladesh 0–3 Hong Kong match report.
  13. (Chinese)2008奧運足球預賽 港隊輸波晉級 黎新祥責球員輕敵 Apple Daily. 15 February 2007.
  14. (Chinese)「黎祥」盛讚沈國強李思明 Apple Daily. 18 August 2006
  15. (traditional Chinese (HK))龍騰盃 陳七拾射門鞋炒澳門 Apple Daily. 3 October 2011.
  16. (traditional Chinese (HK))龍騰盃冧莊!香港隊好波! Oriental Daily. 5 October 2011.
  17. (Chinese)兩中門楣欠運 港足失落省港盃 Wen Wei Po.5 January 2011
Preceded by
Goldbert Chi Chiu
Hong Kong First Division League Best Youth Player Award
(with Chan Siu Ki)

Succeeded by
Chan Siu Ki
Tse Tak Him
Preceded by
to be confirmed
Hong Kong Senior Shield Top Scorer
Succeeded by
to be confirmed
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