Carlsberg Cup organisers are keeping their fingers crossed that the legendary Hristo Stoichkov will complete a trans-Europe dash to Sofia and join the Bulgarian national team in their bid to win next week's tournament at the Hong Kong Stadium. Stoichkov, the greatest footballer in Bulgaria's history and the man who inspired them to a World Cup semi-final berth in 1994 in America, is due to leave Sofia today in a 30-strong party for Hong Kong. But up until yesterday he was in Barcelona - for whom he achieved great success and a European Footballer of the Year award in 1994 - visiting family members. Bulgarian Football Union international affairs spokesman, Ivan Vontzov, said from Sofia yesterday morning: 'We expect him to be here by late afternoon and it should leave him time to pick up his visa from the China Embassy. 'He has assured us that he will be here and will be playing in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen where we have a match after the Carlsberg Cup. 'But the timing is tight and we just hope that there are no holdups,' said Vontzov. Stoichkov, who celebrated his 33rd birthday in Barcelona on Monday, is still a huge drawcard and remains the inspiration of the Bulgarian side. The Bulgarians have forwarded the final name list to Hong Kong and it includes six players who took part in the goalless draw last October at Wembley Stadium against England. Vontzov said Kaiserslautern's Marian Hristov will be unable to make the team. 'He has a small injury and his club is reluctant to let him travel so far,' said Vontzov. The three visiting teams for this year's quadrangular tournament - Bulgaria, Mexico and African champions Egypt - all arrive tomorrow. So keen are Egypt to win the tournament - they play Bulgaria in the opening game on Tuesday - that they will fly in extra players. Carlsberg public relation consultant Derek Currie said: 'Quite frankly, I do not know exactly who they are bringing in from Europe. Like everyone else, I will just have to wait and see. 'We know their party from Cairo but they have told us that they will bring in some extra players - maybe two or three - from their clubs in Europe. 'We are delighted, of course, because it gives the whole tournament a more international image,' added Currie.