PROBLEMS have cropped up over the date of the second round, first leg clash of the Asian Club Championship between local giants Eastern and Japanese champions Verdy Kawasaki scheduled for the troubled Hong Kong Stadium. The Japan Football Association and Verdy Kawasaki have insisted the game be played on Saturday, September 24 - clashing with horse racing. They maintain the date has already been finalised and say they will not switch. Eastern team manager Peter Leung wants the match to be held a day later since a race meeting would seriously affect the match's attendance. Eastern are willing to accommodate the Japanese for one more day if the match be held on the Sunday. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) had informed the Japanese side the date would be Saturday, September 24. The HKFA had originally planned the cup-tie for September 24, knowing the Stadium would be closed to prepare for the Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes. The Sixes have since returned to the Kowloon Cricket Club and is scheduled for October 1 and 2. Organisers of the Sixes had no faith in the stadium's pitch and have decided to return to its original venue. In spite of this, Eastern proposed to switch their game to September 25, as there will be bigger crowd on Sunday. And the FA then booked the venue for the club. But it was too late for the Japanese side. Eastern, though, first have to defeat a Southeast Asian club champion from either Macau, Brunei or the Philippines in the first round of the championship on September 7 and the home leg on September 15 to qualify for a crack at the Japanese. The local champions are confident they will overcome the first-round opponents, which has led to the early war of word over the date of the meeting with Verdy Kawasaki. Meanwhile, South China's suspended goalkeeper Werner Kooistra will face further punishment - by his own club. Roger Lau Kwan-ming, chairman of the South China football section, said yesterday the club would pay the US$1,000 fine demanded by the AFC but Kooistra would have to repay the club. Kooistra is now in Lanzhou, China, with the team competing in a football invitational, one of the event of the Fourth Arts Festival. The disciplinary committee of the HKFA confirmed last night Kooistra's suspension for four local league games. This includes a September 18 league game against Golden, Rangers (October 18), Instant-Dict (October 28) and Eastern (November 6). Kooistra's ban does not include the Aw Hoe Cup and the President's Cup but South China have kept him out in these matches. Lau said reserve 'keepers Andy Roseburgh and Leung Cheuk-cheung will fill in during the suspension.