Lee's plea to raise standard of league

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 July, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2001, 12:00am

South China winger Lee Kin-wo has called on fellow players to show a more professional attitude next season in the hope of boosting the ailing Hong Kong league as he gets ready to make a comeback after serving a one-year ban for his part in a well-documented ref-attacks-player incident 14 months ago.

The long-haired veteran watched helpless as the league plummeted to its lowest ebb last season - culminating in the withdrawals of Instant-Dict and Yee Hope - after he was banned for a year by the Hong Kong FA for his part in an incident in an interport match between the SAR and Macau which saw him kick the ball at Macau referee Choi Kuok-kun.

While Yee Hope president Joe Chan said the poor attitude of some of his players was behind his decision to pull out, the former Hong Kong international said he would demonstrate his professional attitude and hope others could fellow suit to help raise the standard of the league.

'Some of the players just don't act like professionals both on and off the pitch. Some of them are unemployed now but it's too late for them to regret. I hope the players who remain in the league will play more seriously and professionally to make the league more competitive. You have to respect it as your job.

'Although I couldn't play last season, I still trained with the team and sometimes I trained even harder than the youngsters. I may not be match fit but I'll be able to get a feeling for it at the start of next season. I'm confident of getting a regular starting position,' said the 33-year-old.