Chan Charm Wah has won the third and final Asian live qualifier for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2008 at Langham Place in Mongkok, Hong Kong. Wah is now the eighth confirmed Grand Finalist and will represent Hong Kong at the Grand Final in Berlin this May.
As David Beckham and his LA Galaxy team mates kicked off their match against a South China Invitation XI at Hong Kong stadium, 32 players took to the virtual pitch in an attempt to achieve their own world status and book their place in the FIWC08 Grand Final in May.
39-year-old Wah from Aberdeen, a suburb in Hong Kong, out lassed opponents in the early rounds of the tournament parading a style of football that most real football teams would admire.
Wah has developed a great level of experience since winning last year's Hong Kong event which saw him go on to compete in the FIWC06 Grand Final in Amsterdam only to be knocked out in the first round.
When asked how he thought he would fare against the other finalists at the Grand Final this year, he replied "I will go there with last year's memories and hope that I can progress past the first round!"
Wah beat 27-year-old Wong Yuk Leung 2-1 in the final, but it was his semi-final that gave him his toughest challenge. This came in the form of 13-year-old challenger Luk Chi Wing.
Luk has played very little FIFA08 on PlayStation®3, but still managed to give Wah a very good game. Wah, who on average plays FIFA08 on PS3 for ten hours a week, needed extra time to eventually win the game 4-2 and progress through to the final.
"That was definitely my toughest game of the qualifier," said Wah, "Luk provided some great competition and to come back from behind to win in extra time gave me real confidence going into the final."
The event was graced with the presence of local celebrity singers Pakho Chow and Stephanie Cheng who both performed in front of the enthusiastic and vocal crowd, helping to add to the great atmosphere at the event.
March proves to be a very busy month for the FIWC, with 22 of the 32 Grand Finalists being confirmed through the ten live qualifier events taking place around the world and the conclusion of the online qualification.
To find out where your nearest qualifier is or how to register to play in the online qualification simply go to www.FIFA.com/FIWC.