KENNY LAI SUN-CHEUNG The Hong Kong head soccer coach flies out with the national team today for Wednesday's World Cup qualifier in Kuwait. Your personal mantra as a coach is 'easy win, easy lose'. Why is that? I've been doing this for a long time. Over the last 10 years Hong Kong has lacked the financial support to develop local talent. When we play I have to accept how difficult the players' situation is. Easy win, easy lose helps me to not be too emotional. My responsibility is to coach the team to do their best. It helps me care more about how the team have performed, rather than the result. So it keeps you calm? Yes. Sometimes I need to stay relaxed. There's always pressure and it can drive you crazy. I have to be able to think clearly and see whether the team have played well or badly. You're probably as tough on the players as any coach in Hong Kong if not more so. How come they seem to have so much respect for you? Because most of them when they were boys worked with me every day. Sometimes sportsmen appreciate good discipline. It gives them a good future. Sometimes I've showed them the good ways and the bad ways and maybe at the time they didn't believe it or understand it when they were young, but now they realise it was good advice. [Sun Hei striker] Chan Ho-man is a good example. When he was young I told him he should work every day on his skills and on his dribbling. At that time he concentrated on his physique and his running, but it was the skill that he needed and you can still see that now. After football the big love of your life seems to be golf doesn't it? It relaxes me. It's silent and a challenge for me. I shot 88 on Kau Sai Chau North Course last week. Before I was able to shoot under 85, but I've done no training, no practice. If I could concentrate on that maybe I would become a golf coach. But my only love is football. I'm too active. What's your gut feeling about the game in Kuwait? I think we have a very good chance. I've seen tapes of their matches against China and Malaysia and they're only a threat offensively in the centre and are strong defensively in the middle, but I think we have a good chance to attack them out wide.