UNIVERSITY freshman John Choi Wing-yiu earned the last spot in the Hong Kong squash team for the World Championships in Cyprus and Egypt after beating Wong Wai-chung and Yan Tsz-keung in the play-off. Circuit professional Faheem Khan and top juniors Jackie Lee Chun-kit and Wong Wai-hang have been pre-selected for the squad which will be going to Cyprus for the individuals competition and to Egypt for the team event. Originally Wai-chung and Tsz-keung were to battle it out for the last slot. But John was a last minute call-up to join the play-off and he lived up to the faith selectors had in him by winning both his matches. 'I've trained hard throughout the summer but I didn't expect to be invited for the play-off, so I wasn't fully prepared mentally,' said John, a first-year student at the University of Hong Kong. 'Wai-chung and Tsz-keung have improved, and I was lucky to scrape through both matches by 3-2.' The team will be the youngest Hong Kong squad for the World Championships, with the average age being under 22, but team manager Tony Choi Yuk-kwan is confident they will not be disgraced. 'We have a very young team, with Jackie and Wai-hang still in their teens, but they are also hungry for success,' Choi said. 'Our target is to get into the top 16 in the team event and I'm hopeful we can advance from our preliminary pool,' he added. Jackie, the 1992 Asian junior champion and the only Asian player to reach the quarter-finals at last year's Junior World Championships, will play at number two behind Faheem.