South China's hopes of breaking new ground in Asian soccer soared last night as thousands of fans voiced their support for the do-or-die clash against Kuwait Sports Club at Hong Kong Stadium tonight. In one of the most important matches in Hong Kong in years, South China need only a 1-0 victory to progress to the final of the AFC Cup. But more importantly, if South China are victorious, they will be offered a berth in the prestigious Asian Champions League next year, which is contested by the top teams in the region. Sun Hei came closest for Hong Kong when they reached the AFC Cup semi-finals in 2005, losing to Lebanese champions Nejmeh 6-2 on aggregate. The fans could prove the difference in the semi-final second leg as 26,500 tickets were sold by last night - with South China entertaining the prospect of a rare 40,000-strong sellout. 'All I can say is I am very confident,' South China convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing said. 'We have done it against Neftchi of Uzbekistan in the quarter-finals and I am sure we can do the same against the Kuwaiti side, especially with the support of the home fans.' South China were narrowly defeated 2-1 in the away leg last week in the Middle East, scoring a crucial away goal in stoppage time. If South China progress to the final, they will meet either Binh Duong FC of Vietnam or Al-Karamah of Syria at Hong Kong Stadium on November 3. Lo would not reveal any tactics, believing his opponents were also trying to glean information by translating local Chinese-language newspapers. 'They are 10-time Kuwaiti league champions and have appeared in the Asian Champions League four times before,' Lo said. 'They are taking the match very seriously as they do not want to lose face in the second-tier AFC Cup.' The visitors boast nine Kuwait internationals, along with Bahrain national team player Abdulla Al-Marzouqi and Brazilian striker Rogerino. South China welcome back Hong Kong international striker Chan Siu-ki tonight after his two-match suspension for a red card in the first leg against Neftchi in the quarter-finals. Mainlander Bai He is likely to make way for Chan, while fullback Lee Chi-ho will be missing after accumulating two yellow cards in the knockout stage. He will be replaced by Lee Wai-lun, who was in Sun Hei's 2005 line-up against Nejmeh. Kuwait Sports Club arrived in Hong Kong last Saturday in order to give the players more time to acclimatise. Their media officer, Tamer Abdel Aal, said they were not afraid of playing abroad as they had a good track record in away matches. 'We hope there will be no rain as we don't play too often in such conditions,' he said. 'Other than that, we find the weather fine in Hong Kong, but we have been disappointed in one of the training facilities, which was in bad condition.'