The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) annual general meeting to be held at a Wan Chai restaurant later today will be the battleground for a power struggle for control of the organisation. In one corner, for the elections that will decide the board of directors for the next two years, is the current chairman Martin Hong Po-kui. In the other is the challenger Chau Ho-chan, the chairman of Tsuen Wan District Council, who has the backing of the HKFA's president Timothy Fok Tsun-ting. Fok's backing for Chau is more significant because of his role as president of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong and sport's representative in the Legislative Council. Fok's support has been interpreted as a sign that the government itself is behind forcing a change at the top of the HKFA, while the Cantonese media have also reported a rift between him and Hong over the latter's support of the idea of entering a Hong Kong club in the Chinese National Football League. However, a source within the football community suggested the strain in the relationship between president and the incumbent chairman was a more 'natural' deterioration, rather than being linked to a specific issue. All four of the current directors - vice-chairman Hui Ki-on, Sports Development Board member Albert Hung Chao-hong, Wai Kee-shun and Lawrence Yu Kam-Kee - are standing again. They're opposed by four new candidates - Hui King-wai, former Happy Valley and Rangers chairman Lam Tai-fai, current HKFA honorary vice-president Bruce Mok Bong-tong and Kenneth Ng Kin, a member of the disciplinary and referees taskforce. Lawrence Yu is certain for re-election as he is the sole nomination as the Second Division representative on the board, and not all the other competitions are as contentious as the chairmanship. Sun Hei owner Raymond Chow Man-leung and his Happy Valley counterpart Matthew Koon Wing-yee are opposing each other for the position as the First Division representative, which Chow insists is being fought in the spirit of fair play. 'We're both being selected by friends. We're not competing against each other,' said Chow, who along with Koon is joint-manager of the Hong Kong national squad currently preparing to face Liverpool. 'I don't really care what happens. I like to stay out of the politics. I like to be a free man. If I can do something for Hong Kong football then that is great, but I will do it peacefully,' said Chow.