South China must beat Sing Tao in tonight's Ericsson League Championship Play-off encounter at Mongkok Stadium to keep pressure on pacesetters Instant-Dict. But the destiny of this season's title still remains out of the hands of the defending champions. Instant-Dict can wrap up the championship tomorrow night at the same venue when they play Happy Valley. South China currently have 17 points - 6.5 points behind the Dickies with three matches to go. The Caroliners have seen their title aspirations slip away after a 7-3 thrashing last Thursday by Happy Valley. It was a stunning result for everybody at Caroline Hill Road but team director Peter Leung Shou-chi said they would not be affected tonight by the result. 'Every match is a new match. Yes, we lost 7-3 last week but it doesn't mean we will lose again,' said Leung. 'Everyone has been training hard as we are all aware of the importance of this match [tonight], even though Instant-Dict are in an extremely good position.' Hong Kong forward Dale Tempest added: 'We won't give up as long as we have a chance. 'We've got to win the remaining three matches, while Instant-Dict have to lose all theirs, to win the league. I know it's highly unrealistic. 'Our team are playing much better. We were very close to finishing in the bottom half of the league a couple of months ago but now we are chasing after the championship. We should always look on the bright side.' Sing Tao, who also have a slim chance to win the league, are struggling to field their strongest side. Former Arsenal defender Gus Caesar is the latest addition to the unavailable list after twisting his ankle in the 3-0 defeat to the Dickies last Sunday. Already out of the team are hepatitis-struck forward Wai Kwan-lung and injured winger Loh Wai-chi. The HKFA is expecting a four-year subsidy worth US$1 million from FIFA. The windfall is part of a global distribution of profits pledged last year by football's governing body. HKFA general secretary Vincent Yuen said the body would discuss with Hong Kong coach Sebastiao Araujo how to best use the money. In other news, the four-nation tournament which was scheduled for May this year has been postponed to next season as FIFA has not yet sanctioned it.