Not every Rambo can end up being a hero. Just look at Ricardo Rambo. The head coach of TSW Pegasus almost got the chop for a serious blunder this week which left him looking sillier than his muscle-bound namesake with a machine gun that never runs out of ammo. Our Rambo was left balancing on a serrated knife edge following the mid-week First Division clash between Pegasus and defending league champions South China during which he substituted a player in the 61st minute. There's nothing wrong with that. The problem lay in that he sent on mainlander Zeng Qixiang to replace local star Wong Chin-hung with Pegasus already having six foreign players on the field. Local football allows clubs to field a maximum of six foreign players at any one time. The entry of Zeng took the number to seven. The fault was realised four minutes later and Pegasus officials hastily withdrew another foreign player, but by then the damage had been done. To make matters worse, they went on to record a famous victory, 3-2, over South China with the winning goal coming in the 77th minute. But due to Rambo's howler, the result is likely to be overturned by the Hong Kong Football Association. HKFA big boss Brian Leung Hung-tak, who was at the game, says the disciplinary committee will address the issue on November 3 and stressed that strict guidelines will be followed. 'We will first review the referee's report and then the disciplinary committee will meet to decide what to do. Our rule is only six foreign players can be on the park at any one time. There is a procedure to follow,' said Leung, before adding: 'What a mess-up.' It does not bode well for Pegasus. Lifting South China's scalp is no mean feat for a club making their debut in the top flight. Ironically, South China convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing also has links to Pegasus, being the main financier behind the new club, who have a budget of HK$10 million. Conspiracy theorists - the ilk which still believe the first moon landing by the Americans was staged in a studio - might charge that Rambo's blunder was deliberate as South China had let slip a 2-0 lead and were tied 2-2 when the faux pas occurred. But no way would Rambo have risked getting sacked. Only the intervention of the Pegasus players, who petitioned the club management, saved him from taking an early flight back to Brazil. It was a genuine mistake. Looks can deceive, and probably Rambo thought he was replacing Wong with another local player. He got it wrong. Or maybe he was still living in the past. Last season, the HKFA allowed seven foreign players on the field. But in a bid to encourage more homegrown players, the local game has cut numbers by one this season. It will be further reduced to five next season. However, the blunder did not detract fans from enjoying one of the best games so far in the league. A large number - 2,500 - turned up, and Leung and his HKFA cohorts were rubbing their hands with glee, especially with the game being played at the Yuen Long stadium. 'The atmosphere was excellent with such a big crowd. The fans were cheering right through the match and there was so much noise and excitement, especially when Pegasus started to come back,' Leung said. It was the first game this season at the 5,000-seater stadium. It could also be the last. While the pitch was pristine, its condition is likely to deteriorate over the next few weeks as more than 100 bookings have been made by social football teams. Like most stadiums in Hong Kong, Yuen Long is run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It has to make it available to the public. Anyone can make a booking as long as you have some sort of identification. Most grass pitches become unusable as the season wears on. But with the HKFA unlikely to sanction games on artificial strips - world governing body Fifa also frowns on using a substitute for real grass - the better option would be for the LCSD to provide more artificial pitches for the weekend hackers. This would open up venues like Yuen Long solely for First Division, and maybe Second Division, games, and boost the HKFA's bid to take the game to the districts and build up fan bases to boost football. Apart from Yuen Long, the only other district-based venue is Tai Po. Luckily for the high-flying NTR Wofoo Tai Po, who are at the top of the 13-team league, the LCSD has made a commitment to the club, guaranteeing them that pitch conditions will be good for the rest of the season. Joe Public does not have a free rein there. This has allowed Tai Po to schedule most of their home games at the Tai Po Sports Ground ensuring home fans will be able to turn up. Sadly, this is not the case with Yuen Long. The other clubs have refused to travel away to Tin Shui Wai Pegasus. The fact that South China agreed to play a game there had probably more to do with their convenor's powers of persuasion than to any influence from the HKFA. Perhaps it is time the HKFA hired a Rambo to convince clubs who at the moment hold sway in the executive committee. But sometimes, even a Rambo ends up on the losing side. 'I feel very sad about this because I have to take responsibility as the coach,' said our Rambo about the sub foul-up. 'Other backroom staff need to support me on substitution matters.' Indeed.