SENIOR civil servant Stewart Lee Leung-nang takes on the toughest job in Hongkong soccer on Sunday . . . and walks straight into another crisis. Lee was the only nomination to succeed Victor Hui Chun-fui as chairman of the Hongkong Football Association when nominations closed at noon yesterday. And his first job as chairman-elect was to announce that Mongkok Stadium, home to Hongkong soccer since early last year, is to close for nine months from next March. This latest blow for the FA follows on the heels of the Michelotti wages scandal which resulted in the club being booted out of the league this week, the withdrawal of big-spending Ernest Borel and the world five-a-side soccer tournament's aftermath that left the association with a $4 million bill. Now the FA faces a choice of moving the bulk of its league and cup matches to the much smaller Shamshuipo Sports Ground, which is bound to have an adverse effect on ground advertising and attendances, or coming to an arrangement with Wembley Stadium Ltd, the managers of the new Hongkong Stadium which will be opened the same month as the Mongkok closure. The gravity of the situation was not lost on Lee yesterday. ''We face very difficult times as we have a serious handicap when it comes to suitable venues for our matches,'' he said. The FA has not had any contact with Wembley, but fears the cost of hiring Hongkong Stadium after its $850 million, two-year redevelopment will be too high for fixtures other than international matches, big Cup ties and top-of-the-table league clashes. ''We're afraid we might not be able to afford the stadium,'' said Lee. ''The charges are sure to be more than at present and, unless we have some Government subsidy, I think it is going to be very difficult.'' Lee said the FA stood to lose $1 million in ground advertising with the closure of Mongkok. But apart from worries over lost revenue, Lee said the FA were also concerned that they had not been involved in any discussions over the possible use of the new, 40,000-seater stadium. ''There is an urgent need to talk to Wembley. Apart from the money aspect, we need to discuss other matters such as security arrangements for players and referees.'' Mongkok Stadium has been upgraded twice since the closure of Hongkong Stadium after last year's rugby sevens and now has a capacity of 8,500. Shamshuipo Sports Ground has a capacity of only 1,500. The nine-month redevelopment of Mongkok will involve the building of a roof over most of the stands and moving the electric generator out of the stadium following complaints of excess noise from residents. Lee, who has been a council member of the FA for more than 20 years and has been chairman of the Po Chai Pills soccer club for the past 10 years, will be elected at Sunday's annual general meeting. As for Hongkong soccer's other problems, Lee aims to tackle them by leading from the front. ''I feel the management is not giving 100 per cent effort. It seems like we are wasting very useful resources. We have to maximise our resources and strengthen the management of Hongkong's football,'' he said. ''I like a challenge. One of the reasons I want the job is to see what I can do to help. ''There are a lot of difficulties ahead of us, but I feel good about the job and hope all the football clubs will have trust in me.'' Kui Tan manager Benny Tang Kar-hung had expressed interest in the chairmanship, but later backed out citing business commitments. However, Tang will be elected one of four vice-presidents of the association as there are only four candidates for the posts. The others are Veronica Chan Yiu-kam, chairman of the Hongkong Ladies Football Association, Eastern boss Lam Kin-ming and prominent businessman Timothy Fok. Instant-Dict have signed Scots Graham Harvey and Roddy Manley to complete their quota of five expatriate players for the new season. Centre half Harvey, 32, is from Airdrieonians, having played for Dundee for six seasons from 1984-1990. Defender Manley, 28 has played for St Mirren and Falkirk. Instant-Dict have retained midfielder Steve Berry, striker Ian McParland and have signed Kitchee midfielder Sean Edwards.