The proposed Guangdong-Hong Kong Club Championship has suffered a setback, with players of leading side Guangzhou Apollo showing no interest in the tournament, scheduled to start in November. Both the Guangdong and Hong Kong football associations had agreed to launch the home-and-away tournament, which is supposed to involve eight top sides from the regions and be played over five months. But Apollo head coach Xian Dixiong said his players would rather concentrate on their own training after their season finishes next month to prepare for the national physical test in February. 'The physical test has been brought forward from March to February. The test is vital to the players, since those who fail it are not eligible to register with the Chinese Football Association,' said Xian. 'Next year's test will be tighter, as the time-keeping has been changed from manual to electronic. 'The CFA has asked the clubs to conduct their own tests. Only those who pass can join the national test. 'So the players want to use the off-season time for physical training. They don't want any distraction. 'We will pass on the players' will to the Guangdong FA.' Apollo lie second in the Chinese Professional League. The other three Guangdong sides are sixth-placed Guangdong Hongyuan, and basement sides Guangzhou Songri and Shenzhen. Xian added that the national players were also unlikely to compete in the tournament because of their frequent national duties, which extend to the Asian Cup finals in December. 'And there is a new home-and-away cup tournament between China and South Korea, which will be held annually, in November in Guangzhou. It will be a very busy period for the national players,' Xian said. Five current national players come from Guangdong province, including goalkeeper Ou Chuliang , midfielder Ma Mingyu and forward Li Bing from Hongyuan, midfielder Peng Weiguo from Apollo and Songri forward Xie Yuxin . Dozens of fans at Mongkok Stadium were left disappointed yesterday when they were told the league match between Instant-Dict and Happy Valley had been postponed. The Hong Kong FA called off all matches, with the pitches soaked after the heavy rain of the previous two days.