Hong Kong's goalkeeping crisis will give Olympic team captain Goldbert Chi-chiu his full international debut in today's crucial qualifying match against Uzbekistan at the Rajamangala Stadium. The 22-year-old Buler Rangers custodian will start his first game for the senior national team because Hong Kong's number one, Fan Chun-yip, has still not recovered from a hip injury and number two Chan Ka-ki is suspended after being sent off at the end of a nightmare display in the 4-0 defeat against Thailand on Monday. 'Fan still can't play, it's too dangerous. Goldbert will play,' said coach Lai Sun-cheung. 'We must try the young players. [Sun Hei midfielder] Lau Chi-keung will have to be the emergency keeper,' he added. However, Hong Kong staff were yesterday still trying to produce special padding to protect Fan's badly bruised hip should he be needed against the Uzbeks, who clinched their place at China 2004 on Monday with their 4-1 win over Tajikistan. Lai is also making two other changes. Happy Valley playmaker Cheung Sai-ho is dropped for South China's Tam Wai-kwok, while Tam's clubmate Szeto Man-chun is being left out in favour of Luk Koon-pong because of injury. 'Szeto's been playing very hard, but he has this long-term problem with his knee so we need to rest him,' explained Lai. However, the team changes could be completely academic, because the two places in the Asian Cup finals could be decided before Hong Kong even kick off. Tajikistan, with five points to Hong Kong's four, can claim second place with a victory over Thailand in today's opening match. 'If we win, it's over and we're through,' said Tajikistan coach Sharif Nazarov. 'I've told my players to treat the game like a final.'