Off-form Foster dropped by Borel
By UNUS ALLADIN
STAR playmaker Craig Foster - last season's Hongkong Overseas Player of the Year - has been deregistered by Ernest Borel for tomorrow's First Division clash against Instant-Dict.
Borel team manager Tsui Kwok-on said Foster and ex-Arsenal striker Raphael Meade had both been dropped because they were off-form in training.
Foster's sparkling skills in midfield helped Borel to a Viceroy and FA Cup double last season but this year he has failed to recapture that form. He has started some matches this season as substitute.
The deregistering of Foster and Meade has given striker Peter Murray the chance to show his worth in the Mongkok fixture.
Murray has been on the bench for the past two months, unable to command a first-team place.
He will join fellow foreigners Tony Finnigan, Keith Thompson, who has missed Borel's last three matches through injury, goalkeeper Tim Dalton and right-back Clive Goodyear in the quota of five professionals permitted by the Hongkong FA.
Murray has been a target for Sing Tao, who wanted to sign him on loan for the rest of the season, but Borel turned down the request saying that they still needed him.
''Murray deserves his place because he has been working hard lately,'' said Tsui.
''We thought he should get another chance.''