When football fans in Hong Kong and across the globe tune into the World Cup next month, they may get a glimpse of two local teenagers who have been picked to play important roles in the tournament. Secondary students Miu Tsz-yeung and Cheng Sai-kit have won tickets to France where they will see close-up the world's top players in action. The pair were selected to represent SAR out of 1,600 participants from 137 primary and secondary schools in the Coca-Cola School Soccer Stars Parade at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Their excellent display of skills, knowledge of the game and English language abilities impressed the judging panel. Tsz-yeung, 17, will carry the national flag of a competing team into the stadium before a World Cup match. Sai-kit, 14, will join the ranks of the 'ball boys' who will help referees and linesmen by retrieving balls which go out of play. A modest Tsz-yeung said he was surprised but excited about the trip. 'I don't know why I was chosen . . . maybe my age is older than other competitors, so the judges gave me preference,' he said. In fact, the sixth-former at Caritas Chan Chun Ha Prevocational School in Yuen Long proved he had the skill of a class player by lifting a football more than 200 times consecutively in a test of ball control skills. Sai-kit, a third-former at Cheng Chek Chee Secondary School, said: 'I never imagined flying to France to watch the game. I hope I can meet the world's football players in person and learn their techniques.' As one of the 1,000 flag-bearers for the opening ceremony and other parts of the tournament, Tsz-yeung hopes he can lead out one of his favourite teams - Japan or Brazil. 'Japan have achieved great improvement in soccer and their performance has put them on the World Cup map. It compounds the opportunity for an Asian team to achieve a higher ranking in the game,' he said. Sai-kit has tipped Brazil or Argentina to lift the World Cup. 'Brazil have the world's best player in Ronaldo and Argentina haveBatistuta. With these two heavyweights, they can easily keep a tight rein on the games,' he said. The two will join more than 1,600 youngsters from over 60 countries chosen worldwide under the Coca-Cola Youth Programme to experience the excitement of World Cup '98. The programme is run in conjunction with the French Football Federation.