Hong Kong players left yesterday for Kuala Lumpur - just 48 hours before taking on Japan in a tough opening match at the Asian Cup tomorrow. The SAR have been handed a tricky draw with giants India, hosts Malaysia, Japan and Kazakhstan, but coach Mark Bailey was not unduly worried. 'It's a huge tournament for the guys. We're ready. Our last warmup game against Guangdong 2.5 weeks ago was very pleasing [Hong Kong won 4-1]. We have carried our fitness and we are eager to get going,' said Bailey, who took over as national coach in July. The former Davis Cup tennis captain said the draw could have been kinder to Hong Kong. They could have been in the other pool, which comprises Pakistan, South Korea, China, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 'We wanted Sri Lanka and Bangladesh because we would have been at a similar standard, but as it is, we didn't get them. We just have to be as competitive,' he added. Bailey said his players would have a few hours' practice at the national stadium today 'to get used to the playing surface' before taking on Japan, one of Asia's fastest improving hockey sides. 'We are pretty much healthy and injury-free. We just hope to get the opportunity to play all the teams,' said Bailey, not knowing whether the tournament would have play-offs for minor places. Kuala Lumpur stepped in to host the tournament after the military coup in Pakistan put paid to Lahore's hopes of being the venue.