Foreign players will appear in domestic competition for the first time in more than a decade when the 3D-Gold Super League tips off at Southorn Stadium tonight. Featuring the top four finishers in this season's A1 Division, the inaugural tournament allows each team two expatriates to strengthen their squads and thus attract more fans. 'The fans will like to see the return of foreign players as it will make the tournament more competitive,' said Hong Kong Basketball Association senior executive officer Sam Ho Wai-hing. 'And since this is a one-week tournament, it won't put too much financial pressure on the teams.' Before 1999, foreign players featured in the A1 Division, the top competition in Hong Kong, but the practice stopped when the economic downturn hit , forcing club owners to cut their spending. 'The Super League is a small event and it is too early to say we will re-introduce foreign players in the regular season,' Ho said. A single round-robin format will be conducted among the four teams. The top two finishers will contest the first Super League title on Friday, and the remaining two will play-off for third place. Champions Winling, who take on arch-rivals South China tonight, will be looking for a boost from Doug Thomas, who plays for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA Development League, and Jeremiah Bosewell, from the Columbia Lions of the Ivy League. South China have invited 2.08-metre forward Yang Genglin from the mainland and Taiwan player Lin Chih-Chieh. Captain Lo Yi-ting (pictured) hopes the all-Chinese line-up can produce some magic. Former New Jersey Nets shooting guard Rodney Buford and Tyrone Sally, who played NCAA college basketball for West Virginia, are to boost the hopes of Fukien, who finished third in the A1 division. The Flying Eagles' two overseas players are Michael Nunnally, who plays in a US regional league and Kevin Steenberge, a former US collegiate player who now plays in the Japanese league.