The president of Hong Kong's Women's Football Association took a parting shot at the SAR's elitist sports development system as her team packed their bags and bid Thailand farewell after bowing out of the AFC Women's Championship. The Hong Kong women claimed a rare victory, 1-0 against Singapore in their last Group A game, but also suffered heavy defeats against North and South Korea, losing by a cumulative 21 goals in two matches, and were also beaten 3-1 by the hosts. But Veronica Chan Yiu-kam left claiming that their results could have been different if the government was not so result-focused. 'We get no money, no help with pitches, no support, nothing. The government does nothing,' Chan complained. 'All the time they say we can't go to the Asian Games or the Olympics. They say our results are no good. But without help, without support, without money, how are we supposed to get results? They are only interested in the Lee Lai-shans, the people who can win them medals. 'You must care for all the sports and all the sportspeople, not just a few champions. The youth of Hong Kong society is very important, but it's always about men or boys, never about women. We must help take them to the green places rather than the yellow places,' Chan added, using the Cantonese analogy that associates the two colours with healthy, natural places and to prostitution and pornography. Chan also accused the government of turning its back on Hong Kong's heritage in the women's game, which she helped create almost 40 years ago. 'Women's football in Asia started in Hong Kong. I organised a women's football association in 1965. I organised the first Asian Women's Football Confederation. The first Asian women's tournament was in Hong Kong. Hong Kong organised four of the first seven Asian championships. It was the birthplace and yet the government does not support women's football.' Echoing a cry that is familiar throughout the sport in Hong Kong, regardless of gender, the veteran administrator, who is still a major force on the Asian Football Confederation's Women's Committee, believes that simply some kind of assistance with training facilities would be a tremendous boost. 'I don't even want finance, just a football pitch to train on would be a start,' she said. 'It is so difficult to get a training pitch that we can only train twice a week. How can you build up a team with only three hours a week training? How can you create a good team? If we could train five times a week it would be great. If we had that we could soon be maybe fourth or fifth in Asia.' Help may be at hand for the women's game, however, as Chan has been told that the new regime at the Sports Development Board may be ready to bring football back under its umbrella. 'I have heard that the government is going to help football again soon, maybe some time this year. No matter what, I'm going to try my best to build it up. As long as I have money in my pocket I'll carry on, but we need to find someone to support football.'