Hong Kong will face stiff fight for a spot in the Asian Games in Guangzhou when they travel to Bangladesh in May to play in a qualifying round. 'Although there are four qualifying spots available, we are bound to face a serious challenge from teams like Bangladesh, who have the added advantage of playing at home, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and even Oman,' said Billy Dillon, a vice-president of the Hong Kong Hockey Association. The other teams in the May 7 to 15 event are Singapore, Macau and Thailand. The four qualifiers will join Asia's top six - India, Pakistan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and China - at the Asian Games in November. 'If everything goes to plan, we should book our place in Guangzhou. But we cannot take anyone lightly,' said Dillon, who is also worried about the make-up of the squad, who will be missing a couple of veterans, including Farouq Saeed, who has retired from the international arena. Central defender Saeed and forward Asghar Ali were brought out of retirement for the East Asian Games and this led to Hong Kong winning the bronze medal. It is understood Asghar will stay on to help Hong Kong qualify for the Asian Games. 'Asghar will be available, but he will miss next week's quadrangular tournament at home. Asghar wants a break as he is tired,' Dillon said. Defending champions Air India, Guangzhou, the Hong Kong national squad and a Hong Kong President's XI - made up of those ineligible to represent Hong Kong - will play from March 17 to 21 at King's Park. 'This will be a good build-up to the Asian Games qualifiers,' Dillon said. 'But a lot of players are unavailable due to work commitments.' Meanwhile, the Hong Kong women's team will travel to Bangkok in June for their Asian Cup qualifiers.