Hong Kong beat Mongolia 3-0 to leave EAFF tournament on a high
- Ricardo Rambo’s young side will play in Guangdong Cup in January before Olympic qualifiers in April
- Coach pleased with time in Guam but there is room for improvement
The Hong Kong women’s football team signed off from their EAFF tournament with a morale-boosting 3-0 over Mongolia in Guam.
Ricardo Rambo’s side had lost their opening two games at the tournament, a 2-0 defeat to Taiwan followed by a 6-0 thrashing by China, but bounced back with victory over Mongolia on Wednesday.
The result leaves them third on the table.
The goals came from Cheung Wai-kai and a brace from Kwong Wing-yan.
Kwong was happy to score but put the credit down to her teammates.
“The goals were because of the whole team,” she said at the post-match press conference. “They tried to press and it created the opportunities.”
Rambo said: “The first and second goal were scored after good combinations and getting inside the box.”
Hong Kong created a lot of chances against Mongolia, who had lost 6-0 to Taiwan and 10-0 to China, and it was a fine way to leave the four-team tournament.
Overall, Rambo was pleased with the team’s performance, most importantly that they did not pick up any injuries.
“We played a very competitive first game, [with] quite a lot of chances. The second game, we had a very good first half against a very good team.”
He said he was pleased with their performance but there was still room for the team to grow.
“There are many things to improve: passing, pressing ability, finishing, but it is part of the process for the senior team and the young players coming up.”
To do that Rambo said they needed to make future friendlies and Hong Kong’s local league more competitive to move the level up to compete against better opposition.
Rambo said the immediate focus was on the Guangdong Cup in China in January and then the second phase of Olympic qualifying in April with more games for the under-23 and under-19 teams to be arranged.
China beat Taiwan 2-0 later on Wednesday to decide who goes through to the EAFF finals thanks to two early goals from Wang Shanshan and Xiao Yuyi.
They will face Japan, South Korea and North Korea at the tournament next year.