THE inaugural China-Hong Kong League Cup has been pencilled in for the end of May next year, marking a new stage in Sino-Hong Kong sporting relations. Senior officials of the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) - including chairman Stewart Lee Leung-nang, chief executive officer Vincent Yuen and deputy chief executive officer Miranda Yu - met the vice-chairman of the Guangdong sports committee Lo Huaiyuen during their visit to Guangzhou at the weekend. Yuen said the first year of the tournament, if it is accepted at the HKFA council meeting on August 29, would feature four top teams - two from Guangdong province and two from the Hong Kong First Division in the 1995-96 season. 'We have only 10 First Division teams each season and there are not many chances for local fans to watch high-quality games in Hong Kong,' said Yuen. 'The HKFA believes it will be to the local fans' advantage to introduce Guangdong clubs who are of a high standard. Besides, it is not far from the handover in 1997 and it is the trend to organise more exchange functions with China. 'We hope the tournament will be held every year in future, but it depends on changes to football in Hong Kong after the handover. 'The HKFA has not held any discussions so far about the status and structure of local football when the territory becomes part of China, but I personally believe the Hong Kong football league will not be merged into the China National League. So, there will be no conflicts if we keep the tournament.' Yuen said Guangdong was the ideal partner for the tournament. 'Guangdong is the nearest province to Hong Kong,' he said. 'It has been developing very fast and their stadium, communication and transportation facilities are also well established.' According to Yuen, the tournament will be run on a home-and-away basis with a grand final. There have been reports that both HKFA vice-president Albert Hung and Happy Valley chairman Martin Hong were interested in organising cup tournaments between the territory and China. Yuen said Hung had discussed his idea with the HKFA last month, but he was too busy to attend the meeting in Guangzhou.