SAR captain Farooq Saeed, who changed his nationality 10 months ago and is now eligible to play in the team that will represent Hong Kong at the National Games later this year, could not inspire the rest of his teammates as they finished bottom of the pile at the seeding tournament in Lanzhou last week. Central defender and penalty-corner specialist Saeed gave up his Pakistan passport for a Hong Kong SAR passport so that he could continue to represent the SAR and play in the 10th edition of the National Games, which are open to athletes who are of Chinese parentage or who have an SAR passport. But even his presence, and that of two other players from the national squad - brothers Swalikh Mohammed and Mustafa Mohammed (their mother is Chinese) - failed to lift the local squad who lost all their matches to finish last in the nine-team competition. 'The standard was high with the provinces in China all serious about the National Games,' said Saeed. 'And most of our players were from the second and third divisions. The opposition was too good.' Guangdong, who won the South China Premier League beating top local club Shaheen (for whom Saeed and the Mohammed brothers turn out), emerged winners of the seeding competition with Liaoning in second place. Hong Kong lost by identical 8-1 scorelines to both these sides and also went down 4-3 to Macau and 4-1 to Inner Mongolia. 'We had our chances against Macau and led them 3-2 with about 10 minutes to go. But they scored two goals both from penalty corners in the last few minutes of the match,' said a disappointed Saeed. 'I hope we can strengthen our side before the games. It would be great if Arif Ali and the rest of the brothers also get SAR passports and become eligible to play,' said Saeed. The four Ali brothers - Asghar, Akbar, Arif and Asif - have been the cornerstone of the Hong Kong squad in recent years. But they and a number of other top players cannot play at the National Games, which has stringent eligibility requirements and is mainly open to athletes who have Chinese blood. The National Games will be played in Nanjing from October 9 to 21. But the hockey tournament will start earlier - from September 26 to October 3. Hockey is one of the few team sports in which Hong Kong will be represented. The SAR's footballers failed to qualify earlier this year. 'Last week's event was a seeding tournament and unfortunately we finished last. I hope we can do better at the Games,' said Billy Dillon, vice-president of the Hong Kong Hockey Association. In a bid to improve the standard of hockey on the mainland, the organisers had left open 10 berths for this year's National Games.