SOUTH China manager Lee Yun-wah yesterday denied that goalkeeper Werner Kooistra would be leaving before the end of the season. 'Kooistra is not going anywhere,' said Lee. Kooistra had indicated that he was going to leave the Caroliners after helping South China to a 2-1 victory over Golden in Sunday's Senior Challenge Shield final at Hong Kong Stadium. The burly goalkeeper said after the game that he wanted to return home to the Netherlands soon and that he had played his last game for the Caroliners in the Shield final. The Dutchman has been a South China favourite since joining the Caroliners at the back end of the 1992-93 season when he was hastily flown to the territory as a replacement for former West Ham United 'keeper Allen McKnight. Since taking over the number one jersey, Kooistra has been a star performer, helping South China to their first Asian Cup Winners' Championship regional final where he played a brilliant game despite South China's 2-0 defeat to Al-Qadisiyah in the second leg. South China have now said that they have no intention of releasing the former AZ 67 player before the end of the season. 'Werner [Kooistra] is not going anywhere. He is staying with us until the end of the season,' said Lee yesterday. 'His contract expires at the end of this season and he can go wherever he likes then. But he is still a South China football team player.' Lee said it would not make any sense for the club to release the talented 29-year-old Dutchman. 'He is one of the players we treasure most,' said Lee. 'We don't think it would be easy to find a replacement who is as good as him in the middle of the season. 'We have promised him a week's holiday during Christmas and New Year. 'I hope he can take a nice rest during the vacation back home, then come back to us and play some excellent football as he always does.' Meanwhile, a preliminary Non-Residents squad has been selected for the charity match against the Hong Kong national squad on January 23 at the Hong Kong Stadium. Managers Ken Ng (Instant-Dict), Jimmy Liang Ting (Happy Valley) and Chow Man-hei (Golden) will finalise the squad today. Sing Tao's Tsang Wai-chung and Club's Phil Ingham have been chosen as coaches. Both South China and Instant-Dict have four players tentatively selected - 'keepers Kooistra and Mick Leonard; defenders Tim O'Shea and Aurelio; midfielders Pedro Xavier and Ross Greer and forwards Alen Bajkusa and Paul Foster. The other players include Uhlsport-Rangers defender Dimitri Kalkanov, Happy Valley's player-coach Gary McGinnis, midfielder Oleg Alexseenko from Frankwell, Sing Tao centre-half Paul Masefield, Nigerian striker Collins Udeh from Mansion and Eastern's Dale Tempest. Udeh last night escaped punishment from the disciplinary committee when his red card offence was reduced to a yellow card or four penalty points. Udeh had been wrongly dismissed against Frankwell last month.