Chan Yuen-ting receives Guinness World Record recognition as the first female to coach a top-flight men’s team to a league title
The Eastern coach makes history as she is awarded a certificate during a training session at King’s Park on Monday morning
Eastern coach Chan Yuen-ting made history again when she was awarded a Guinness World Record certificate for being the first female football coach to win a top-flight men’s championship during a training session at King’s Park on Monday.
Chan, nicknamed ‘Beef Ball’, led her charges to the BOCG Life Hong Kong Premier League title 10 days ago [April 22] after beating South China 2-1 in their penultimate match of the season.
The success of the 27-year-old coach gained attention globally, but marking her name in the world record book was never something she could have imagined.
“Getting this world record is an encouragement,” said Chan, “It is outside of my expectations and surprising. I didn’t know my club applied for the record.”
“I see it as a bonus and want to share this with my players because this record is brought by the league title, which was won in a collaborative effort.
“I don’t think much about getting any personal recognition. My top priority has been getting a boost in self-confidence to keep coaching my team and winning more titles.”
Peter Leung Shou-chi, Eastern’s executive director, said he always had full confidence in Chan, who was appointed in December.
“This is a glorious day for ‘Beef Ball’. As a female coach in the men’s soccer world getting this achievement ... our team is so happy for her,” said Leung.
“We applied for the world record right after claiming the Premier League title. Originally we wanted to present the world record to Chan after our final league match on Saturday when we visit Kitchee. The Hong Kong Football Association also thought it would be a good occasion, but the home team denied our request, so we had to do it here.”