THE Hong Kong Football Association has pencilled the date for the Asian Cup qualifying round next January. After agreeing with the other three countries in the group - China, Philippines and Macau - to host the qualifying round in the territory, HKFA chairman Stewart Lee Leung-nang said yesterday the proposed dates for the four-team tournament are January 27 - February 4, next year. However, if Carlsberg - sponsor of the Chinese Lunar New Year - object, another set of dates may have to be found. The four-team Carlsberg Cup, which features top national sides and the Hong Kong League XI, is scheduled on February 19 and 22 at the Hong Kong Stadium. 'Under our contract with Carlsberg, there should not be any foreign team playing in Hong Kong one month before and two weeks after the Carlsberg Cup,' Lee said. Carlsberg public relations manager Derek Currie said yesterday they wanted the HKFA to ensure the condition of the Stadium pitch would be good for the Carlsberg Cup. 'The Carlsberg Cup is internationally recognised and the participating national teams are some of world's best,' Currie said. 'We would like to reserve the best pitch for the teams so that the matches will be even more competitive.' The HKFA earlier announced that most of the matches in the Asian Cup qualifying round would be played at Mongkok Stadium. The exception will be when Hong Kong play China, which will be at the Stadium. Meanwhile, First Division big spending Uhlsport-Rangers are looking for a victory this afternoon when they take on local champions Eastern at Mongkok Stadium. 'We must win this match,' said team manager Tony Siew whose team is currently at the eighth in the league with one point from two matches. 'Yet, things look good to us because we have our Russian midfielder Sergei Volkov who is released from suspension,' Siew added.