Hong Kong coach Sebastiao Araujo has been forced to drop top scorer Paul Foster because of the quality of the participating teams in next month's Dynasty Cup in Japan. Araujo plans to build up a strong defence by fielding all three expatriates in the back line. Hong Kong will face World Cup finalists South Korea and Japan, plus China in the round-robin biennial tournament in Yokohama and Tokyo on March 1-7. The SAR are allowed to field a maximum of three expatriates, while the other three nations will be fielding their national teams. Araujo, who has named a 27-player squad for training, said the three other teams were 'too strong for Hong Kong'. 'Japan and South Korea are going to the World Cup in June. They are using the Dynasty Cup as part of their preparations,' said Hong Kong's Brazilian coach. 'There's no doubt that they are going to field their strongest side and they will treat the games seriously. 'Although China did not qualify for the World Cup, they are still strong.' Araujo said he was forced to drop Australian striker Foster, who scored a hat-trick against World Cup finalists Chile in the Carlsberg Cup 10 days ago. The Instant-Dict player is the league's leading scorer with 12 goals. 'It was a difficult decision to make because I like Foster so much,' said Araujo. 'But I have to because if I play Foster, I have to drop one foreign player in the defence. I don't want to do that because we are to face three very strong teams. We need a strong defence. 'The six expats in the squad have equal chances to get into the final 20-man squad as some of them, like forward Dean Martin, can play in different positions.' The squad will start their first training on Monday at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Yee Hope goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip and Sing Tao midfielder Chu Yue-tai are the new faces in the squad. Araujo also said he would have picked a different squad if he had more time to prepare for the Cup. 'I would have picked Foster or English goalkeeper Peter Guthrie if I had more time to train the players, especially the local defenders,' Araujo said. 'There are six league games before we leave for Japan and the clubs agreed to halt the league to give us time to prepare for the Guangdong-Hong Kong Interport Cup and the Carlsberg Cup last month. But now they want to finish the first phase of the league as soon as possible. 'We don't even have time for a friendly match. It is a very difficult situation for a coach. 'But I am prepared. I won't have the full squad in every training but still we will train hard no matter how many players we have.' HONG KONG SQUAD Goalkeepers: Kevin Lok Kar-win (South China), Leung Cheuk-cheung (Sing Tao), Fan Chun-yip (Yee Hope). Defenders: Yau Kin-wai, Ku Kam-fai (South China), Mark Grainger (Sing Tao), Tim O'Shea, Dimitre Kalkanov, Wong Wai-tak, Chan Hon-fai (Instant-Dict), Andrew Clark, Lai Ngar-yin (Five-One-Seven), Leung Chi-wing (Rangers). Midfielders: Lee Kin-wo (South China), Tam Wai-kwok, Kevin Hunt (Rangers), Lo Kai-wah, Cheung Sai-ho (Happy Valley), Tam Siu-wai, Ricky Cheng Siu-chung (Instant-Dict), Chu Yue-tai (Sing Tao), Gary McKeown (Yee Hope). Forwards: Wai Kwan-lung (Sing Tao), Dale Tempest, Au Wai-lun (South China), Kwok Man-tik (Happy Valley), Dean Martin (Rangers).