The AFC Women’s Assistance Programme completed a four-day assessment of Macau to help strengthen and develop its women’s football.
The assessment began on May 3 and was facilitated by AFC Head of Women’s Football Bai Lili who, alongside Macau FA Head of Women’s Football Zhang Hong and technical staff visited Our Lady of Fatima Girls’ School, which became the first school to introduce girls football early this year.
“We want to be the example, using football to develop our students not only physically but mentally and socially too,” said Our Lady of Fatima Girls’ School Principal Lao Lai Mui.
Together with Macau General Secretary Chan Keng Hou, the group also observed the Macau girls’ representative team training and a match played against Hong Kong’s Kitchee SC.
Although Macau lost 1-0, head coach Zhang Hong was satisfied with his players efforts and urged them to learn from the game.
The group also discussed on initiatives to develop women’s football in Macau. “We are happy to join the AFC Women’s Assistance Programme to get our women’s football development pathway from the grassroots to the elite level,” said Chan.
“We are aiming to take part at all levels of the AFCs women competitions.”