Monday, September 25, 2017

MNL champs to compete in Mekong tournament

The winners of the 2015 Myanmar National League Championship will compete in the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 from November 1 to December 20.

League representatives from participating countries attend the launch ceremony for the Mekong Club Championship 2015 in Bangkok on July 7. Photo: Kyaw Zin Hlaing / The Myanmar TimesLeague representatives from participating countries attend the launch ceremony for the Mekong Club Championship 2015 in Bangkok on July 7. Photo: Kyaw Zin Hlaing / The Myanmar Times

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will take part in the tournament, each represented by a league or cup champion of their respective country.

The first round will occur from November 1 to 29, with Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar playing home and away matches. Myanmar will host one match against Laos at Thuwunna Stadium on November 22.

The winner from the first round will face Vietnam in the semi-final on December 6, and the victor of this match will advance to the final against Thailand on December 20.

The winning team will earn a prize of US$75,000 and the runners-up $50,000. The teams placing third, fourth and fifth will win $30,000, $10,000 and $5000 respectively, while the most valuable player will take away $3000.

Last year’s inaugural edition of the tournament was won by Vietnam side Becamex Binh Duong FC, who defeated Myanmar Knockout Cup Champion Ayeyarwady United FC 4-1 in the final.

The MNL table is currently led by Yangon United FC with 33 points after winning all of their first 11 matches. Last year’s Mekong Club Championship runner-up, Ayeyarwady United, is in second place with 25 points.

The MNL season ends on October 31.

“Yangon United is leading the MNL table and they are a strong, well-prepared team,” U Tin Aung, vice president of Myanmar Football Federation, told The Myanmar Times. “But the MNL season is not finished yet so we can’t say who will compete in the Mekong Club Championship.”

Hao Tien, senior vice president of tournament sponsor Toyota, said they plan to continue holding the Mekong championship every year.

“The program is aimed at developing young players in the Mekong region,” he said. “We plan to hold a similar competition for women’s teams, and we also have a plan to help Myanmar youth football players in the future.”

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