‘Beef Ball’ Yuen Ting quits
HONG KONG: Pioneering female coach Chan Yuen Ting has stepped down a year after making history as the first woman to lead a team to a men’s top flight league title.
The trailblazing Yuen Ting, nicknamed “Beef Ball” for her toughness, coached Eastern Sports Club to win Hong Kong’s Premier League last April for the first time in 21 years and led them into this season’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League.
The 28-year-old announced her resignation on Saturday after the final game of a disappointing season in which Eastern failed to add to their silverware and managed only one point in the Champions League group stages.
Eastern were outclassed in their continental campaign, scoring just one goal and conceding 24 in six group matches, including a 7-0 defeat at Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande.
An emotional Yuen Ting, who appeared close to tears, said she “must take responsibility” for failing to add any trophies this season and losing out in the title race to rivals Kitchee SC, according to the South China Morning
Yuen Ting earned the AFC coach of the year award in her debut season in charge last year and a place in Guinness World Record as the first woman coach to win a men’s championship in a top-flight football league.