EASTERN trio Dale Tempest, Ross Greer and Tim O'Shea have been called into the Hong Kong squad for the two-leg Interport Cup against Guangdong in January. When the initial 23-strong squad was announced in November, the four foreign players included were Eastern goalkeeper Iain Hesford, Sing Tao midfielder David Clarkson and South China forwards Niels Gerestein and Anto Grabo. Team manager Lam Kin-ming, the Eastern chairman, threatened to quit if Tempest, Hong Kong's leading goalscorer, was not included. Lam appeared to have changed his mind this week, however, when he gave Tempest permission to travel to Bangkok to commentate for STAR TV on the closing stages of the Asian Club Championship in January. But at a selection meeting last night, Tempest, Greer and O'Shea and Instant-Dict duo Yeung Kin-keung and Ng Chun-chung were added to the squad because four players withdrew. They were Sing Tao trio Tam Ah-fook, Chu Yue-tai and Chan Tsz-kong and Eastern right-back Lo Kai-wah. The new recruits take the total number of players to 24, including seven foreign players, despite the fact only three can play. Hong Kong entertain Guangdong at Mongkok Stadium on January 9 and play the second leg in Guangzhou on January 16. Explaining the decision to call up the Eastern trio, assistant team manager Benny Tang said: ''We want the best team possible to win the Cup again. ''All 24 players will stay in the squad until we are ready to pick the 16 for the first game.'' When asked why the trio had not been included in the first place, Tang replied: ''Maybe they weren't playing as well as they are now.'' Tempest said the decision to put him in the team had come as a surprise. ''I have had to inform STAR TV because obviously football comes first,'' said the 13-goal leading scorer. The Hong Kong FA are hoping to arrange five friendly matches for the squad, starting this morning at the Hong Kong Sports Institute against Eastern. South China, meanwhile, are signing two mainland Chinese forwards to take their foreign quota to the maximum of five. Wu Qunli, 33, has played for the national team for over five years and will join the Caroliners from Guangzhou in mid-January for 11/2 seasons. Sung Linyung, 28, from Tianjin, will have a three-month trial. Interport squad: Goalkeepers - Chan Sau-yin (Instant-Dict), Chung Ho-yin (Kitchee), Iain Hesford (Eastern). Defenders - Chan Wai-chiu (South China), Lee Wai-man, Chan Chi-keung, Chiu Chun-ming (all Eastern), Yau Kin-wai (Kitchee), Yan Lik-kin, Yeung Kin-keung, Ng Chun-chung (all Instant-Dict). Midfielders - Tam Siu-wai, Tim O'Shea, Lee Kin-wo, Ross Greer (all Eastern), Chiu Chung-man, Shum Kwok-pui, Loh Wai-chi (all South China), David Clarkson (Sing Tao), Chan Chi-kwong (Instant-Dict). Forwards - Au Wai-lun, Anto Grabo, Niels Gerestein (all South China), Dale Tempest (Eastern).