Hong Kong footballer Karri Chan scores first goal for Stoke City FC

Karri Chan. Photo: Facebook/Stoke City FC – Women
Karri Chan. Photo: Facebook/Stoke City FC – Women

Karri Chan, one of the few female footballers from Hong Kong to play internationally, has scored her first goal for English club Stoke City women’s reserve team. 

The Stoke-on-Trent-based football club posted on its women’s team Facebook page last night that its women’s reserve side was 2-1 up at the break to Sporting Khalsa, with Chan scoring one of the goals. 

The team then went on to win 3-2.

Many netizens left words of praise and support for Chan on the social media post. 

“Proud of you Karri! Keep fighting!! Always support from HK,” said one netizen. 

“Really enjoyed the match, even with the heart-stopping equalizers, but the stronger team won in the end. Proud of you all,” another added. 

The Hong Kong Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club also posted a message of support for Chan. “Well done Karri. Proud of u,” it left a comment on Stoke City’s Facebook post. 

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Stoke City women’s team. Photo: Facebook/Stoke City FC – Women

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who is a mainstay in Hong Kong’s national youth team set-up, joined Stoke City last month after a spell with Manchester City. 

Stoke City women is now competing in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division, which is England’s third tier women’s football competition. 

It is not common for Hong Kong footballers to play overseas, for both men and women, and even more so for one of them to make it into the top leagues.

Kitchee footballer Vicky Chung is one of few other female footballers from Hong Kong to achieve the feat, having played a short spell for Scottish women’s team Kilmarnock.

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