Hong Kong's interim coach Wolfgang Luisser complains about “not good” news about match-fixing and is surprised that Losada has been included in the coaching staff

Asked if he had a say in Losada's appointment, Luisser replied “no,” adding that he was told this on Friday, the day before the news became public.

“Graeme [Chan, team administration manager] asked if I would do the job with Szeto,” said Luisser. “On Friday I received the information that Chino [Losada] has joined us.

“I spoke to Eric Fok at [Saturday’s] FA Cup final. It's always good to have more coaches…more eyes see more, so it's good to have more support.”

Eric Fok announced the appointment of Roberto Losada at the FA Cup final on Saturday. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

When asked if he was happy to have Losada on his team, Luisser said he was surprised to learn that he was “getting a different coach.”

Luisser's first seven days in office were turbulent. He learned the “shocking news” about Andersen's departure when the first reports emerged last Monday evening.

On Tuesday morning, 24 hours before Andersen's official resignation, Luisser led the training for the first time.

And later on Tuesday, it was announced that 12 Hong Kong soccer players and coaches, including some from the city's Premier League, had been arrested for match-fixing and illegal betting on games.

Luisser said the development was “shit for the whole city.” He recalled a match-fixing scandal involving a player from SK Grödig, where Luisser was assistant coach, which led to former Austria Wien player Sanel Kuljic being sentenced to five years in prison.

Hong Kong is playing on home soil for the first time since its World Cup defeat to Uzbekistan in March. Photo: Elson Li

“We had a crazy story at my former club in Austria – something like that is a big blow for a nation,” said Luisser. “Everyone is guessing [who is involved]it is not good for the Hong Kong Football Association.”

Luisser said, however, that the latest scandal in Hong Kong would neither overshadow the meetings with Iran on Thursday and with Turkmenistan on June 11, nor would it distract him from the important task ahead.

Luisser met Andersen for “one last drink” after the former coach's departure. “He gave me advice and said I could text or call him anytime,” Luisser said.

However, the 44-year-old dismissed the notion that he wanted to follow in Andersen's footsteps permanently, saying he had already been in a similar position in 2019 when he temporarily took charge of another Austrian team, SCR Altach.

“I haven't thought about that. We have to put in a good performance in these two games and want to continue what Jorn has done: play forward, attack high and apply pressure,” said Luisser.

“There are a lot of different things to do. I need to take more leadership and think about the messages I want to send.”

Luisser also did not complain about a wave of absences, as players without a contract did not have the necessary security to be used. Helio Goncalves, the experienced central defender, signed a new contract with Kitchee at the weekend and is part of the squad.

“We have to deal with this [pull-outs] – there are opportunities for other players,” said Luisser. “This is a great chance to show our potential and anything is possible.”