Hong Kong face tough task in Interport Cup

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 January, 2014, 12:31am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 January, 2014, 12:31am

Hong Kong face a daunting task in the second leg of soccer's Interport Cup against Guangdong at Huizhou Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

Hong Kong lost 3-2 as a result of a last-minute goal by Guangdong striker Lu Lin in the first leg at Mong Kong on Sunday.

Established international Chan Siu-ki, who scored in the first leg, says it won't be easy.

"The second leg will be more difficult as we play without home advantage," said Chan, who will soon return to the South China club. "But since there is nothing to lose for us now, maybe we can pull off a surprise."

Injured midfielder Bai He is out and will be replaced by Ngan Lok-gung of Royal Southern.

Meanwhile, South China have added firepower for their AFC Champions League play-off campaign with the signing of Australian striker Andrew Barisic and former Bosnia international Sasa Kajkut.

Barisic, 27, who played for East Bengal of India this year, scored two goals against Tampines Rovers of Singapore in an AFC Cup group match.

South China will meet the same Singaporean side in the ACL play-offs on February 2. If they clear that hurdle, the Caroliners will meet Chonburi of Thailand in the next round six days later.

A victory would bring them to the final of the play-offs with Beijing Guoan of the China Super League standing in their way.

If South China bow out at any of the three stages, they will drop into the AFC Cup, which features another domestic side, Kitchee.

Barisic started his professional career with Melbourne Knights in 2005 and has also played in Indonesia. He scored 11 goals for East Bengal last season.

Kajkut, 29, played for Celik Zenica in his home country, scoring 15 goals last season. He also represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004.

Team convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing said they were still searching for more foreign players to strengthen the squad as they face a hectic schedule in the second half of the season.

Lo also announced that Hong Kong internationals Chan and Leung Chun-pong would return to the club after ending their spells with Guangdong Sunray Cave. Both players went to the China First Division side in 2012.