JAPANESE referee Masayoshi Okada has been invited to officiate the Senior Challenge Shield final between Golden and South China at Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday. Okada is not new to the territory since he officiated last season's San Miguel FA Cup Final when Rangers beat Eastern 3-0. Hong Kong Football Association deputy chief executive officer Miranda Yu said Okada's expenses would be met by the two competing sides with the cost being around $20,000 - including air tickets, hotel accommodation and US$525 pocket money for his three-day stay in Hong Kong. Golden president Simon Wan Chi-lok, who has made several complaints about the poor standard of local referees, welcomed the idea of hiring overseas referees for important local matches. 'Local referees will be under great pressure in a match where a large crowd of South China supporters are expected to show up,' said Wan. 'It is good to have a neutral referee who does not know the competing sides. 'I saw Okada in last season's FA Cup Final and he did a very good job.' Meanwhile, two World Cup final referees - from Malaysia and the United States - may be invited to officiate at February's Carlsberg Cup.