Canadian coach Tim Darling is the man Hong Kong basketball bosses are banking on to steer the national team through next year's Asian Games. It's a familiar role for Darling, who led the SAR to an 11th-place finish at the Bangkok Games three years ago. Darling has vowed to guide the Hong Kong squad to a top-eight placing at the Games in Pusan, South Korea, in October. Darling, who has served as technical adviser to the SAR at a number of major events since the Bangkok Games, won himself a new contract which will keep him with the squad until the Pusan Asian Games. Darling said Hong Kong had been strengthened with the inclusion of towering 2.1-metre forward Sung Fong, who finished his studies in the US two years ago, and talented point guard Poon Chi-ho and forward Tam Wai-yeung. He felt this added firepower would see the team through to the final eight. 'Sung always makes a big difference for us. He doesn't only score from rebounds, he also makes things easier for other players. And he's a natural leader. Poon and Tam are also quality players. Poon picks up the ball very fast from the floor while Tam has a lot of international experience even though he's only 19,' Darling said. The Canadian pointed out that Hong Kong players had failed to shrug off an inferiority complex when facing other Asian teams and this had to be eradicated. At the last Asiad, Hong Kong finished bottom of their group after being thrashed 105-47 by Asian champions China and being narrowly beaten by Japan and Thailand. Darling said: 'Some players think they cannot match their Asian counterparts. My biggest job here is not to teach them offence and defence, but to teach them to believe they can win against any team.' Hong Kong Basketball Association chairman Norman Chan Sui-tim said Darling had always been their first choice and they were able to hire him on a monthly salary of around $40,000 after receiving $500,000 special preparation funding for the Asian Games from the Sports Development Board. 'He has worked with our players before, so he understands them very well. He's also very popular among them. He has a good knowledge of other Asian teams because he has been in the region for quite a few years. He's a very responsible coach. I remember he brought with him his personal assistant in the run-up to the last Asian Games to help prepare our team and he didn't ask for extra from the budget,' Chan said.