HONG Kong football is turning to South America and Europe for help in improving the quality of its coaches and players. Four coaches from the territory will attend a FIFA course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March and conduct a series of Hong Kong Football Association-organised seminars on their return. And, in a separate move, Hong Kong's national team manager, Lam Kin-ming, is planning a training camp in Europe to prepare the squad for the next Asian Games, which will be held in Hiroshima, Japan, from October 2-16. Lam is also considering hiring a technical adviser or coach from overseas to work with the national squad in the three months leading up to the Asian Games. On returning from watching his side lose the Hong Kong-Guangdong Cup in a penalty shootout on Sunday, Lam said: ''We will be having a meeting in the next few days to plan ahead for the Asian Games and I feel a visit to Europe would be very beneficial for the players. ''We would have to pick a squad towards the end of the season and use the Interport Cup match against Shanghai in May as the start of the build-up. ''We would insist that any player selected to the squad give total commitment to the training, no matter which club they play for.'' This was a reference to the disruption suffered before last year's World Cup qualifying campaign and also to the two-leg Hong Kong-Guangdong Cup, brought about by club rivalries among the team management. As for the position of national coach, Lam said he may recruit from overseas. ''We may bring in a coach to work with the players directly or we may hire a technical adviser to help our coach. It is one of the points we must discuss at the meeting,'' added Lam. Hong Kong, under former national coach Kwok Ka-ming, travelled round Europe in July and August 1990 to prepare for the Asian Games in Beijing in September. They played 12 matches in three weeks - but their form in Beijing was very disappointing, losing 2-1 to Kuwait and 2-0 to Thailand in their opening two group games before beating Yemen 2-0 when they were already eliminated. The Hong Kong FA are sending four coaches to Rio for a three-week course being conducted by Julio Cesar Leal, the coach of Brazil's national under-20 team who won the World Youth Championship in Australia last year. The course will run from March 4 to March 25 and the territory's four representatives will be Sing Tao assistant coach Wong Tak-cheung, Rangers' coach Lee Ping-hung, Hong Kong Sports Institute coach Lai Sun-cheung and physical education lecturer Lee Chung, who works on the FA's youth training programme. The Asian Football Confederation are acting as the middle-man between FIFA and the Hong Kong FA. ''It will give our coaches the chance to learn the latest techniques and also how to fit talented individuals into a team. ''When they come back to Hong Kong they will hold some clinics for coaches from all areas of Hong Kong football, from schools to First Division, to share their experiences.''