Hong Kong women lose 2-0 to Guangdong in inaugural soccer Interport
Captain Chan Wing-sze, who has played in Japan, says the local side showed guts but the visitors were too good
The experience of women’s soccer captain Chan Wing-sze was not enough to help Hong Kong in their inaugural Interport Cup against Guangdong as they went down 2-0 to the visitors on Thursday.
The midfielder, along with teammates Cheung Wai-kei and Lau Munk-king, returned recently from a three-month stint with Japan Soccer College, a Division Two side based in Niigata.
The trio all featured against their neighbours from across the border, but Guangdong cruised to victory with goals through Luo Guiping and Ruan Wenli, one in either half.
“We had a sloppy first half and although we improved after the break, we missed a couple of chances to get back to the match,” said Chan. “It’s a good learning experience as Guangdong are very strong but we were still to play our game, especially in the second half.”
In front of a crowd of 1,000 at Kowloon Bay Park Sports Ground, Lau was denied by the crossbar in the second half and Cheung was too late for the rebound.
“The atmosphere is exceptionally good with so many fans supporting us. That’s why we were still able to push the opponents hard in the second half when running out of stream,” said Chan. “I have also been helped by my experience in Japan where the pace is exceptionally fast, forcing you to make quick and correct decision on the pitch. My vision has improved a lot.
“We have all learned a lot during our stint in Japan, but unfortunately I will not go back because I need a job to secure my future. But I will encourage the younger generation to go overseas if they really want to improve their game,” said the 31-year-old.
The trio did not receive any salary when playing for the Japan Soccer College, which only provided board and lodging.
Only Lau will return to the Japanese club, which has been relegated to the Third Division.