League champions Winling have been assured they will not face another eligibility row over local player Bryan Bachner as they seek another top-four finish at the Asian Basketball Confederation Champions' Cup in Kuala Lumpur in two weeks. 'Bryan's matter has been resolved,' said Winling manager Lam Chik-cheong. 'The confederation has assured us he can play. Now it'll be up to whether we will field him in the first match. No one has been guaranteed a place in the starting lineup yet.' The row over Bachner's eligibility last year came after tournament officials in Dubai insisted the American, a resident of Hong Kong for more than 10 years, could not be fielded as a local player and had to occupy one of the two foreign spots. Bachner was forced to sit out Winling's opening game, but he was allowed to play from the second match after his status as a local player was reinstated. Bachner, who switched from Winling to Pacific 1636 this season, is 'on loan' to Winling, along with teammate Yung Kam-wah and Modern Youth Alliance Association's young star Poon Chi-ho. Lam knows it will be a tough task to finish in the top four again as they have been drawn in what he called the 'group of death'. It includes defending champions Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, 1999 and 2000 champions Sagesse of Lebanon, Sangmu Phoenix of South Korea and Spring Cooking Oil of the Philippines. 'Our rivals are very strong, but I care about my team more. We're confident we can beat them if we play well. We played Al Ittihad in our opening game last year and we took a big lead before losing. We don't fear any team,' Lam said. Winling will be under the helm of experienced coach Cheung Tai-wing.