Kwok's revitalised Dickies on hot streak going into Shield final

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 December, 2000, 12:00am

Former national coach Kwok Ka-ming was destined for great things when he took over as Instant-Dict coach this season. Now, he has a chance to prove it as he leads his charges in the final of the Goldlion Senior Challenge Shield against Yee Hope at Hong Kong Stadium today.

Since Kwok decided to venture into the world of club management, he has moulded Instant-Dict into a respectable outfit, reliving some of the team's glory days with a record second to none in the league.

Instant-Dict have not lost since October 12 when they were thrashed 5-1 by Happy Valley in the league, and they have strung together an unbeaten run of 13 matches, including eight wins.

Yee Hope have had an up-and-down season and their League Cup hopes received a jolt when they lost their most recent match to struggling Po Chai Pills 1-0 earlier this week.

Kwok, never one to underestimate his opposition, believes today's Cup final will still be a tough one. 'It's never easy in Cup finals. You can't really say who is going to win. We just have to play our best and we should give the spectators something to cheer about,' said Kwok.

'The pressure is more on us because more people are expecting us to win.'

Instant-Dict will look to fit-again Ricky Cheng Siu-chung and Indonesian forward Rochi Putiray for the goals, although the team showed their depth up front with four players all getting on the scoresheet in their 6-0 hammering of Rangers on Wednesday.

Yee Hope's last venture in a Cup final turned out to be a disaster for Joe Chan's young charges. They were thrashed 7-2 by Happy Valley in the FA Cup last season. But Chan expects no more debacles. 'We are more mature now and we have the experience of a Cup final under our belt,' he said.