Asian Champions League: Female coach to battle Scolari

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Hong Kong Easter Sports Club coach Chan Yuen Ting.photo/file

It has been a tradition in football that men alone have all it takes to manage a football club anywhere in the world especially a male’s team.

The belief has been that ladies are less experienced compared to their male counterparts in the sport.

It seems to be a new dawn for ladies who yearn to become great managers in football as gender parity in the game has found a new look .Ladies have been absent on the touchline managing male’s clubs for the last decades but Chan Yuen-Ting, head coach of Hong Kong’s Eastern Sports Club has risen above all odds to challenge the norm.

She goes down to history books as  the first woman manager to ever  guide a men’s team in a continental competition when her side kicks off its Asian Champions League campaign at Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday.

Eastern, which is also the first team to represent Hong Kong at Asia’s top club football competition faces a tough opening encounter at Chinese heavyweights   Guangzhou  who have won the competition twice.

The 28-year-old Chan led her side to the Hong Kong Premier League title last year and will now be looking to gauge her prowess against Guangzhou’s coach and former World Cup winner and former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

‘It’s so amazing especially when you watch the games Scolari was coaching Brazil. His team  won the World Cup in 2002,’ she said in an interview.

Chan feels relaxed and looks forward to meeting the veteran manager in football in recent days both in South America and Europe.

AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said the eyes of the world would be on the match as the encounter will witness a female manager battling it out with a veteran in football   in an Asian Champions League match.

The president termed the issue as a challenge to female personalities with the interest of coaching to follow the path taken by Chan.

‘This is a moment of historic significance,’ he said. ‘It is a ground-breaking moment for football in Asia, for the women’s game and for the global game. The world will be watching,’he said.

 

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