The two players who shared the Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament stunned the crowd by announcing their retirement from the Hong Kong team after yesterday's prize presentation. Yung Kam-wah and Song Fong, who shared the top honour with seven votes each from the media, said it's time to give youngsters more opportunities at international level. 'I have been representing Hong Kong since 1990 and it's time to call it a day,' said 33-year-old Yung. 'At international level, you need to be mentally and physically ready and I would not say I am not, but I would be happier if more youngsters can have the opportunity.' Yung cited the match against the Philippines on Saturday night, when the marksman scored three crucial three pointers in the final quarter to give Hong Kong a vital boost, as one of his fond memories during his Hong Kong career. 'The top-eight finish at the last Asian Games in Pusan and the last time we beat the Philippines to win the title in the same tournament in 2003 were also great experiences in my career,' he said. He identified South China's Wu Kwok-fung, who scored five three pointers in yesterday's final and New Youth's up-and-coming Lee Kiu-fung as his possible successors. At 34, Song said his age and career were the main reasons behind his decision. 'My job does not allow me to take so many holidays to represent Hong Kong in international events,' said the graphic designer. 'Also, I want the youngsters to get more chances.' Hong Kong team coach Donny Mak Kam-fai said the team would sorely miss the services of Yung and Song when they take part in the Asian Championships in Qatar in September and the East Asian Games in Macau in November. 'I hope they would change their decision as we still need their skill as well as their experience at senior level,' said Mak.