Injured giant Sung Fong will miss Hong Kong's clash tonight with Malaysia, but the SAR's technical adviser Tim Darling hopes his talented young forwards will rise to the occasion and help the SAR get off to a flying start at the Super Kung Sheung Cup. Veteran Sung, a 2.12 metre forward, picked up a knee injury during last month's Asian championship in Shanghai and had to rule himself out of the tournament at Wan Chai's Southorn Stadium after consulting a doctor this week. Darling said Hong Kong would not be the same without Sung, 30, but he remained upbeat that two other forwards - Lee Wai-lun and teenager Tam Wai-yeung - could step up and show their worth in today's game. Indonesia and Thailand will play in the other game on the opening day of the four-team tournament. The top two teams after the round-robin matches will meet in Sunday's showpiece final. 'Sung is playing at another level than other players. He's so big that he dominates either in blocking shots or scoring from rebounds. It's going to make a big difference to us but I look at it positively,' said Darling. 'It's good for Sung to be injured now rather than later. I want him to be fit for next year's Asian Games [in Pusan, South Korea]. 'Lee is also good at rebounding and he's committed to the team. Tam is still young but he has also matured a lot since the last time I saw him years ago,' said Darling, who will be assisting coach Chu Chun-sang. The Canadian said the title would be up for grabs for all four teams because they were all playing at the same level. He believes Hong Kong can overcome anybody in the event if they work well as a team, but warns a defeat will not be far away if they falter. 'We have got a few veteran players in the team. Willie [three-pointer Yung Kam-wah] always plays at the same level. He always shoots well. And we have a number of good guards, too. 'We are good enough to beat the other teams here, but they can also beat us. The matches are going to be exciting and it will be good for the fans,' he said. Darling, who returned after coaching the SAR's team for the 1998 Asian Games, expected Malaysia to be an aggressive team. 'I know their American coach Felton Sealy. They are a young team who are very disciplined and energetic,' he said. He also pointed out that Hong Kong were not able to practice together regularly as much as other teams. 'Hong Kong players have to work and go to school when they are not playing in the league, so there isn't much flexibility for training. They only trained together for a short time before the Asian championship,' he said.