Viceroy Cup attendances have hit a new low with the average figure per match tumbling by a staggering 64 per cent from last year. The Cup has traditionally drawn the largest attendance among the three local knock-out tournaments - the Viceroy Cup, the Senior Challenge Shield and the FA Cup - with an average attendance of 5,600 during the seasons from 1991 to 1995. The figure dropped to 3,586 per match last season and the sponsor put the blame on the postponement of the tournament from March-April to the end of the season. This season's figure has further decreased to 1,270 after five games. There are two games still to play, the semi-final between Happy Valley and Eastern this evening at Mongkok and the grand final on April 6 at the Hong Kong Stadium. The Cup, the most prestigious of the local knock-out tournaments, has been struggling to boost spectator numbers since kicking off on March 16. The opening match between defending champions Instant-Dict and young side Uhlsport-Rangers at Mongkok Stadium attracted a paltry 536 spectators - the lowest attendance of the Dickies' games so far this season. Sing Tao and Golden last Tuesday drew only 912 people, but that was infinitely better than the other quarter-final between struggling First Division club Eastern and Second Division side Hong Kong Football Club last Thursday, which saw only 114 people go through the turnstiles - the lowest attendance of the season. The quarter-final between South China, the most supported side in Hong Kong, and Happy Valley last Friday had an attendance of 2,796 - 600 more than the figure recorded at Sunday's semi-final, where Sing Tao beat Instant-Dict 4-2. There is little reason for the organisers to hope for any significant improvement in numbers at the grand final with South China and Instant-Dict already knocked out of the competition. Hong Kong Football Association general secretary Vincent Yuen said: 'There are many reasons behind the decline of attendance, such as weather and the teams' results. The overall attendance this season has declined. Senior clubs have accounted the reasons to the lowering of the standard of local soccer. 'We are trying our best to improve the quality of soccer. On the other hand, we need the effort of sponsors and clubs to promote the game.' A spokeswoman for the API Prism - the Cup promoter -said there would be special events to promote the final on April 6. Instant-Dict forward Dominic Iorfa is on the verge of leaving the League champions following a serious argument with the club's management on Sunday. The 28-year-old player is barred from attending training until the club has made a decision on his future with the team's commercial backers. Administrative manager Ben Choi York-yee said the former Nigerian international was upset after he was substituted in their Viceroy Cup semi-final clash against Sing Tao at Mongkok and had words with team manager Billy Kirkwood in the changing room during the interval. 'I understand why Dominic was unhappy but as a player, he should obey the manager's decision,' said Choi. 'We are a professional club. We require strict discipline. What Dominic has done violates our rules. Therefore he is not allowed to attend our training until a decision by our bosses has been made.' Club president Thomas Tam Wai-tong is expected to meet executive director Ken Ng, who returned last night from a business trip, this afternoon. Officials at one First Division side admitted last night they were approached by the former QPR player yesterday. Iorfa was unavailable for comment last night.