Hong Kong forward Dale Tempest has urged his teammates to be patient in Sunday's Guangdong-Hong Kong Interport Cup first-leg match at the Hong Kong Stadium. Tempest is in Hong Kong coach Sebastiao Pereira Araujo's 32-man squad, but only returned to training this week after Christmas and New Year holidays. The 34-year-old South China striker said the team should be patient although they needed a positive result. 'The coach has told us to play offensive football in the game. We have to attack more if we want to win, but that does not mean we will attack throughout the whole game,' said the former Fulham player. 'What he means is to keep a positive mind during the game. 'We have to be patient, especially at the beginning. It will be very bad if we concede any goal in the first few minutes. 'It is impossible for us to impose pressure on our opponents for 90 minutes. We are not fit enough. We have to attack as a team and everybody moves back when we need to defend.' Tempest said the team needed a positive result. 'There is no point in going to Guangzhou for the second-leg with 1-0 or 2-0 down,' he said. Araujo had enough experience to realise the possible danger of conceding more goals, Tempest said. 'The coach is definitely aware that we may leave spaces at the back if we move forward,' he said. 'That's why we have two foreign defenders Dimitre Kalkanov and Tim O'Shea [both from Instant-Dict] as they are strong and experienced. 'It's unfortunate that we will miss some fine local players like Happy Valley defenders Chan Chi-keung and Lee Wai-man, and South China striker Au Wai-lun through injuries. Hopefully they will be available for the Carlsberg Cup and the Dynasty Cup.' Tempest, who has often represented Hong Kong in the past eight years, said he enjoyed training with the Brazilian coach. 'It is the best preparation I have ever had. Although I was unable to attend all the training, my teammates told me it has been very good,' he said. 'The coach is now trying to crack down on discipline. It was a surprise to the players because we never had that at club level. 'We need this sort of coach. We should have got him 20 years ago. 'The Middle East countries which have similar populations to ours have been improving tremendously for the past two decades under their foreign coaches.' Araujo had drafted a number of younger players who would become the future of Hong Kong soccer in five or six years, Tempest said. 'We need the coach for five years, instead of three months,' he said. 'He wants them to get used to the team's style, discipline and training. They will be the future of Hong Kong soccer in five or six years.'