'We're out to win the league title.' That's the rallying cry for Pakistan Association, who got off to a flying start in the South China Premier league by thumping champions Shaheen 3-1 in an action-packed match at King's Park yesterday. Boosted by the presence of four of their five imported players from Pakistan, the former Holland Cup champions made their title ambitions known in a display that lived up to their promise. Although Shaheen drew first blood with a deflected goal by Mustafa Khan, the champions were rocked on their heels as Pakistan Association burst into action with an equaliser by Inderpal Singh from the penalty spot. Shaheen were in for another surprise when Rohat Khan slipped into the D to fire home a superb goal five minutes before the break. Chasing an equaliser of their own, Shaheen left gaping holes in their defence and Pakistan Association took full advantage as Rahad Khan eluded his marker to put them further ahead with a low drive that completed a memorable victory for the title challengers. Last season, Pakistan Association were pipped to the title on goal difference and they are determined not to make the same mistake again, recruiting the five professional players from Gojra to help them finally bring home the one title that has eluded them. 'This season, I am sure we are going to take out the league title,' said confident Pakistan Association convenor Sheikh Amjad Mahmood. 'We were unfortunate to have lost the league title on goal difference last season and we're really serious about winning it this time. We have recruited five players who will play full-time for us and who will earn a salary, playing hockey and nothing else. 'These new players surely made a difference to the team today. But even though we have beaten Shaheen today, we must be wary of the other teams like KCC and Hong Kong Football Club, who could present a problem to us.' Club, who have been boosted by the inclusion of several new players from Britain, also got their league campaign off to a brilliant start, defeating Valley 5-2. And SSSC held KCC (Kowloon Cricket Club) to a 2-2 draw in another opening match. But Pakistan Association were the stars of the day as they taught Shaheen a lesson and Mahmood was confident his team would sustain the challenge for another seven months until the title is decided in April. 'We have many good players and should have a decent crack at the league,' Mahmood said. 'We have another Pakistani imported player, Khalid Hussain, arriving [tomorrow] and he will play in defence. We expect him to be among our best players. It has been a very good start for us and hopefully we will continue to play well.'