DALE Tempest makes a dramatic return for Eastern today in their first-round, first-leg Asian Club Championship soccer clash against Japan's Yomiuri. Tempest is back in the Hong Hong champions' starting lineup just three days after re-signing for the club who dumped him during the summer. The territory's top goal-scorer last season has been given the go-ahead by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), with the consent of Yomiuri manager Ryosuke Hayashi, to appear in the eagerly awaited tie at Mongkok Stadium. Yomiuri said Tempest could appear as they had to make changes to their own lineup after three key players were called up to the Japan squad taking part in the World Cup Asian qualifying tournament in Qatar. Tempest - who replaces the injured Ross Greer as one of Eastern's three permitted overseas players for the tie - admitted his inclusion had come as a ''shock''. ''I didn't think I would be involved so early. When I signed there was an understanding that I would not play in the match but because Ross was injured I was called up,'' said the striker, who ended a month's contract with First Division side Kitchee on Thursday. ''It's a big game for my restart with Eastern. I really need a couple of games to get fit because I only had three games in a month with Kitchee, which is really not enough. But sometimes you have to do the best you can under the circumstances.'' Eastern manager Peter Leung was delighted to have the striker in his lineup after completing all the necessary paperwork. ''There is no problem with Tempest's appearance in the match. He will definitely play. We had a manager's meeting with an AFC supervisor in the morning and everything has been sorted out,'' said Leung. ''We had just enough time to register Tempest with the FA so we are fortunate in that respect. ''We are confident he will fit into the team despite only two days' training with us because he has already had two years' experience with us. He also showed good form with Kitchee in his last game.'' Tempest's stunning return is the culmination of a saga which began when Eastern, unhappy with his wage demands, dumped him during the summer and signed former Michelotti striker Tony Sealy as his replacement. Tempest then signed a month's contract with Kitchee and even played against Eastern just over two weeks ago, when the champions won 3-0 in a league clash. But with Sealy - a different type of striker to Tempest - struggling to find his form the champions moved in on Thursday to recapture their former star. Tempest celebrated by scoring twice in his final game for Kitchee - a 4-0 victory over struggling Rangers on Thursday night. The striker said his double against Rangers had boosted his confidence for the Yomiuri tie. ''It was nice to get back on the scoresheet. At least I sorted that one out one way or another,'' he said. Tempest also said he was looking forward to renewing his potent striking partnership with Paul Nixon. ''Paul and myself got along well last year and we should have no problem linking up with Wo-chai [Lee Kin-wo] and Wai-chai [Tam Siu-wai].'' Tempest and Nixon will be joined by defensive midfielder Tim O'Shea as Eastern's third foreigner. Hong Kong international Cheung Kam-wa will take over Greer's role down the left wing while reserve goalkeeper Tong Tak-kin will stand in for Iain Hesford between the posts. Yomiuri will be relying heavily on their foreign recruits - striker Barreto Faria Bismarck, fellow Brazilian Luiz Carlos Pereira and Dutch defender Johannes Christian Van Rossum. Yomiuri manager Hayashi said he expected a tough match but was confident of victory. ''Although we have six players absent, it will not make too much of a difference to our team. We have won four matches without them so we are confident. We have come here to win,'' he said. Eastern will have to be on the lookout for 23-year-old Bismarck, who Hayashi said was in ''tip-top'' condition. Hard-working Lo Kai-wah is expected to mark Bismarck with support from O'Shea. Meanwhile, East Bengal of Calcutta have confirmed they will take part in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup-Winners' Championship against South China. The Indian part-timers beat an Iraqi team in the first round to earn their place in the last eight. TEAMS Eastern: Tong Tak-kin, Lo Kai-wah, Chan Chi-keung, Chiu Chun-ming, Lee Wai-man, Lee Kin-wo, Tam Siu-wai, Tim O'Shea, Cheung Kam-wa, Paul Nixon, Dale Tempest. Yomiuri: Shinkichi Kikuchi, Yoshiyuki Kato, Yoshinori Abe, Testsoya Totsuka, Shinji Fujiyoshi, Ko Ishikawa, Luiz Carlos Pereira, Hideki Nagai, Tadashi Nakamura, Barreto Faria Bismarck, Johannes Christian Van Rossum.