Newly re-appointed national coach Kwok Ka-ming has been given a vote of confidence from his players. Kwok has been entrusted with leading the territory to next year's World Cup qualifiers. Most members of the 25-member national squad were surprised by Kwok's appointment on Tuesday night but they have given their full backing to the 47-year-old coach, who was last in charge of the national squad at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. Hong Kong-born striker Tim Bredbury, one of the surviving members of the Hong Kong national squad who last worked under Kwok, said the Hong Kong Sports Institute head coach was the best local coach in the territory. 'If they were going to stay local, then Ka-ming is the best choice. He's got all the facilities at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and he's very organised. The players know him and respect him,' said Bredbury. 'I was somewhat surprised that we had gone for Ka-ming instead of a foreign coach but I suppose it depended on who was available at the time and what money the Hong Kong Football Association had.' South China midfielder Shum Kwok-pui also supported Kwok's appointment saying: 'He is probably a better coach than he was when he left his post in 1990. He would have learned a lot over the years and I'm confident he will do a good job. It's a bonus that he is Chinese because there wouldn't be any problem with communication and his English is excellent as well.' Kwok said his main job was to instil confidence back in the team knowing the territory have been drawn against two-time World Cup finalists South Korea and recent Tiger Cup champions Thailand in the Asian Group Six qualifiers. 'The team's morale is very low at the moment. The main thing is that we have to try our best. It doesn't matter whether we lose but what is important is that we give it our best shot,' said Kwok, whose coaching reached a pinnacle in 1985 when he led the territory to a memorable 2-1 win over China in a World Cup qualifying clash in Beijing. Kwok said: 'Don't expect Kwok Ka-ming to be a saviour or to perform miracles. I am willing to help but we have to work together and discuss our game plan. I hope the players will give me 100 per cent. 'We have to work on our weaknesses but other than that we have a talented squad. We are probably stronger in the attacking department than before. 'If our team spirit is good, everybody would want to come in but if it's bad, nobody wants to get involved. We have to avoid all these excuses. 'The last four years I've been involved in AFC and FIFA tournaments. I know the standard of Asia compared to the rest of the world and I will try to lift Hong Kong's standard to Asian levels.'