Zesh Rehman signs for Hong Kong champions

Leading Kick It Out ambassador Zesh Rehman has signed a one-and-a-half year contract with Hong Kong champions Kitchee SC. 

After a successful first year in Asia with Thai side Muang Thong United, the former Bradford City captain is now heading to new territory in East Asia.

Ken Ng, Kitchee’s President, said: “Kitchee is happy to have secured Zesh as our Asian Foreigner for the upcoming AFC Cup competition. Not only has Zesh played at the highest level in England, he has also demonstrated his leadership and good nature as an individual who share our values. We believe that he will make a positive impact at Kitchee and in Hong Kong Football.” 

Focusing on the challenge ahead, ex-Fulham and QPR defender commented: “I am looking forward to getting started and taking up this new challenge. Kitchee play a very good style of football and put in decent performances against both Chelsea and Blackburn last year.

“After meeting with the directors and owners of the club, I was impressed with their ambition and determination to take the club up a level. I want to play my part in helping Kitchee improve, raise the profile of the club and further progress in the AFC Cup.”

After making the move to Muang Thong a year ago, Zesh became the first ex-Premier League player to play in Thailand. Since then, former Liverpool star Robbie Fowler has gone on to become Muang Thong’s manager.

The 28-year-old continued: “Thailand was a great experience and all the players, management and fans were great to me until the day I left. Robbie’s arrival was great for me personally as I learnt a lot from him and I’m sure he will continue to improve the team.

“I had some very good offers in other parts of Asia and Europe but all my attention now turns to Kitchee. As a player I’m still yet to reach my peak and I want to continue developing as a player and person.”