CMA Greater Bay Area Invitational 7-a-side Soccer Tournament

The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA) successfully organised its first-ever “Goodway Presents: The CMA Greater Bay Area Invitational 7-a-side Soccer Tournament” (The Tournament) at Hong Kong Football Club in Happy Valley on 3 and 4 August. The two-day Tournament drew teams from 9+2 cities in the Greater Bay Area, aiming to strengthen the integration of the area.
The Tournament is an expanded edition of “The CMA Invitational Sports Tournament”, an annual event organised by the CMA since 2011 with the aim to provide members of local industry with networking opportunities through various sports games. It is also one of the association’s major celebratory events in celebration of its 85th birthday and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
CMA President Dr Dennis Ng said that the Greater Bay Area will bring many valuable opportunities to Hong Kong and a stronger intercity collaboration is vital for the success of this grand vision. “This requires not only closer cooperation between local governments, but also stronger people-to-people bonds.” He believes that the Tournament could provide a platform for the interaction among business communities in the region. 
Goodway Electrical Enterprise Ltd and China Vanke Co., Ltd are the title sponsor and diamond sponsor of the Tournament respectively. With assistance from the Guangdong Federation of Industry and Commerce and Associação Comercial de Macau, the CMA successfully invited teams comprising a total of more than 150 players who are representing the 10 Greater Bay Area cities, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, and Macao. They gathered together with the two Hong Kong teams, namely the CMA Youth Committee and the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants & Related Trades (the Champion of last year’s CMA Invitational Sports Tournament), and played friendly matches against each other.
Teams played all preliminary, semi-final and final games in two days and an award presentation ceremony was held today. The Financial Secretary of the HKSAR the Hon Paul Chan Mo Po, the Director-General of the Coordination Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR Mr Zhu Wen, the Deputy Director-General of the Coordination Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR Mr Zhang Qiang, Vice Chairlady of Guangdong Federation of Industry and Commerce Ms Zhang Hua, Standing Committee of the Macao Chamber of Commerce Mr Ma Iao Ian, Founder of the Goodway Dr Choi Lung Wai, Chairman of the Hong Kong Football Association Mr Pui Kwan Kay were invited to officiate at the ceremony. They, together with CMA office-bearers including CMA President Dr Dennis Ng, First Vice President Dr Allen Shi and Second Vice President Mr Marvin Hsu, presented awards to the winners of the Plate and Cup competitions.
To add even more excitement and fun to the event, there were plenty keep guests entertained throughout the event, including a kickoff ceremony and a Lingnan cultural performance. The CMA also invited Au Wai Lun, the former Hong Kong Top Footballers, and Cheung Chi Tak, former captain of the Hong Kong national football team, to be the commentators of two final matches. Citizens in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau were able to see the live matches on various social media platforms such as Facebook and Shangzhibo.
A welcoming dinner was held last night (3 August) to thank all the cities, sponsors and the supporting organisations for their efforts and support in making the event a success.
Other officiating guests at the award presentation ceremony included Vice President Dr Wong Chun, Dr Lo Kam Wing, Mr Dennis Ng Kwok On, Dr Ma Kai Yum and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA Mr Raymond Young.