Defending champions Hong Kong will relish the opportunity to make mincemeat of minnows Macau in their opening match in the men's Asian Hockey Federation Cup which gets underway at King's Park today. 'The winner of this tournament will most likely be decided on goal average and it is a must that we score as many goals as possible against Macau,' said Hong Kong captain Farooq Saeed yesterday. 'Of course our first target is to ensure a win, then to score goals.' Hong Kong were down to play Iran in their opening game, but a change in the format of the seven-team competition, brought about by the last-minute withdrawal of Uzbekistan, will instead see them come up against Macau. 'Unfortunately, Uzbekistan have had to withdraw. This has forced us to change the format to a one-pool competition,' said Sarinder Dillon, Hong Kong Hockey Association secretary-general. So instead of two pools of four teams each, the seven participants - Iran, Oman, Singapore, Macau, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong - have all been lumped in one round robin competition. This has also forced organisers to cancel Thursday's rest day as all teams will now play an extra match. 'Because of the change in the format, it is vital to get big wins against the smaller teams so as to boost your goal average,' the 31-year-old Saeed said. Hong Kong will pin their hopes of getting off to a bright start on fullback Saeed, who is the team's penalty corner specialist, and on the Ali brothers - Asghar, Arif, Asif and Akbar. 'They are the core of the side. But we also hope everyone can contribute. The whole team is pumped up and looking forward to the tournament,' said Saeed, who is leading the team for the eighth successive year. Saeed said Sri Lanka and Oman were capable of thwarting Hong Kong's bid to defend the title. 'We will have to watch out for both these teams. Last time our only defeat in this event was at the hands of Sri Lanka.' Hong Kong were beaten 2-1 by Sri Lanka when the tournament was first played back in 1997. On that occasion, too, seven teams took part in a round-robin format. Hong Kong meet Sri Lanka on the last day of the competition (next Sunday) and Oman tomorrow. The week-long tournament will also give Hong Kong coach Mark Bailey the chance to assess his squad before October's Asian Games in Pusan as well as see how four relatively new players - Tom Ayers, Ng Shiu-bong, Patrick Fok and Gurbir Singh - perform under match conditions.