Monday, September 25, 2017

MFF selects U-19 national team players

The Myanmar Football Federation held a tournament at Thuwanna Training Centre in Yangon from July 13 to 16 to choose new players for the men’s under-19 national football team to participate in international competitions.

Players gather for a tournament to pick the new U-19 national team. Photo: Myanmar Football FederationPlayers gather for a tournament to pick the new U-19 national team. Photo: Myanmar Football Federation

The tournament attracted 70 young players from teams in the Myanmar National League, the MNL (2) and the MFF Academy.

Based on their performances during the tournament, about 30 player will be picked by coach Gerd Zeise and his assistant U Nyi Nyi Latt, both of whom will continue coaching the selected players to prepare them for international competition.

Mr Zeise had helped Myanmar qualify for the U-20 World Cup 2015 for the first time, where they were knocked out during the group stage. He also coached the team to the semifinals of 2014 AFC U-19 Championship.

The new Myanmar U-19 team will compete in the AFF U-19 Youth Championship 2015 in Laos from August 22 to September 4, as well as in the AFC U-19 Championship 2016 qualification matches in Yangon from September 28 to October 6. In the latter tournament, host Myanmar will be in Group G with Vietnam, Hong Kong, Brunei and Timor-Leste.

The AFC U-19 Championship 2016 will be held in Bahrain, and the top four teams will qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 in South Korea.

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