Former national coach Kwok Ka-ming warned First Division clubs they must shape up or embarrassing home defeats to Asian powerhouses will recur. Kwok's remark came after South China's 5-0 AFC Champions League third-round, first-leg thrashing at the hands of J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse at Hong Kong Stadium on Tuesday. 'Everybody was disappointed with the result,' said Kwok. 'We're not expected to beat Japan because they are among the top three in Asia. But we could have fared better if we were stronger physically and played more positively,' he said. 'The problem is the First Division matches aren't competitive nor exciting at all. The clubs fail to make their players train hard and play with the right attitude. Coaches, managers and bosses should push the players.' FA chairman Martin Hong Po-kui said his organisation had begun developing a group of talented players aged 16 to 17 for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and have secured a permanent training base at Causeway Road in their bid to resurrect the local game. 'We're lacking quality players in the league, so we're developing elite players ourselves,' Hong said. But Kwok insisted clubs must also pull up their socks. 'We can't rely completely on the FA or these 20-or-so elite teenage players,' said Kwok, who is the FA's chief technical consultant for the elite development programme. 'The Hong Kong economy is struggling, so is Hong Kong football, but we must all improve ourselves by making extra efforts. Don't live off the memories of the 1960s [when Hong Kong had one of the best professional leagues in the region]. OK, we failed to match the Japanese but now we know where we stand and we should start afresh from here. 'In Hong Kong's league there are often 2-2 draws but does that mean they are competitive and exciting games? Not necessarily. They could be boring. When I was coach of [defunct] Instant-Dict [from 2000-2001] I asked my players to keep pushing their opponents despite leading by a few goals,' he said. Having made his criticism, Kwok, however, is convinced there is still hope for Hong Kong football, having seen 10,000-plus fans support the Caroliners on Tuesday. 'It showed there can be a big crowd if the fans believe there is a good game. We also proved at September's Pusan Asian Games that if the team prepared well and trained seriously, we were able to hold up well against the top teams in Asia,' he said. In Pusan, the SAR were eliminated after being edged 2-1 by North Korea and 1-0 by Kuwait while scoring a consolation 3-0 win over Pakistan. Kwok urged players to look to South China's former international winger Lee Kin-wo as a role model. He said: 'He was man of the match for South China against Shimizu. He played with great fitness and stamina.' The Caroliners need to show more of those qualities when they play the second leg in Japan on November 27, said Kwok.