James Wong (footballer)

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James Wong
Personal information
Full name James Wong Chye Fook
Date of birth (1953-06-26) 26 June 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward, Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1973 Tanjung Aru Youth 40 (52)
1974–1976 Sydney Hakoah 32 (20)
1976–1985 Sabah 180 (88)
National team
1971–1973 Malaysia U-20
1974–1982 Malaysia 33 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Wong (born 26 June 1953) is a former Malaysian footballer who is a striker for Malaysia national football team and Sabah. He also played as a goalkeeper for Malaysia youth team in 1971 Asian Youth Championship. He was known as King James by the local fans.[citation needed]

Wong is the first Sabahan to represent Malaysia in 1971. He played professionally for Hakoah in Australia New South Wales Premier League for two years.[1]

Wong is well known for his physical and finishing touch. His partnership with Hassan Sani produced many memorable goal for Sabah and Malaysia. The most memorable one was in the 1980 Olympic games qualification.

In the 1980 Olympic games qualification, Malaysia won the play-off against South Korea with a 2–1 score in the Merdeka Stadium. Wong himself scored the winning goal, thanks to the assist from Hassan Sani.

However, Malaysia did not go to the Olympics as it joined the US-led boycott against the Soviet Union for the invasion of Afghanistan.

Wong appeared for the Malaysia national football team in six qualifying matches for various FIFA World Cups.[2]

Honours[edit]

Bronze Medal: 1974
Winners: 1977, 1979
Winners: 1976, 1979

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sabahan may be Mokhtar's replacement – The Straits Times, 2 December 1976.
  2. ^ James Wong Chye FookFIFA competition record