The Hong Kong League XI have been given an enticing incentive to win the Carlsberg Cup Lunar New Year tournament - $40,000 a player, writes Unus Alladin. Hong Kong Football Association general-secretary Vincent Yuen said local players could look forward to an $11,000 payday by just showing up. 'With the sponsors' prize money and all the incentives given by the team managers and by the Hong Kong Football Association, the Hong Kong League XI can look forward to a big payday, especially if they win,' he said. He said Hong Kong players could receive $25,000 each if they reach the final, while a third-place finish would be worth $16,000 for each player. Sponsor Carlsberg has increased prize money for the tournament by 50 per cent. This year, teams will be fighting for total prize money of US$75,000 - US$25,000 more than last year. The winners will receive US$40,000 with the runners-up earning US$20,000. The third-placed team will collect US$10,000 while the team who finish fourth will take home US$5,000. 'We have put up the prize money in recognition of the fact that standards are higher and because we have not increased the prize money for the last three or four years,' said Carlsberg spokesman Derek Currie.