Monday, September 25, 2017

Futsal hopes fade for now

Myanmar's  futsal team will not be attending the Asian Championships after they failed to advance from their group at the ASEAN Championships in Bangkok.

Myanmar gave higher-ranked sides a challenge in Bangkok. Photo: MFF/FacebookMyanmar gave higher-ranked sides a challenge in Bangkok. Photo: MFF/Facebook

The team from the Golden Land was not disgraced, however, giving a good account of themselves against much higher-ranked sides.

Ranked 86th in the world, Myanmar were always going to be battling against 23rd –placed Australia and 44th -placed Vietnam, who also contested Group B, while 17th -ranked Thailand played in Group A. By comparison England are ranked 58th.

Myanmar’s squad was pulled together in August after at least 500 amateurs hoped to impress scouts as they contested the AYA Bank Futsal Open Cup, held at Yangon’s National Indoor Stadium (1).

The side opened their championship with a 13-0 win over the

Philippines before suffering a 3-1 defeat to Australia followed by a close 2-1 loss at the hands of the Vietnamese. The White Angels brought their tournament to a positive note on October 12 with a 12-4 win over neighbours Laos.

Perhaps the most impressive note for the development of the side was the close nature of their defeats in comparison to Laos – who rank just one place below at 87th – and the Philippines – 90th.

While the Philippines finished with a goal difference of -51 and Laos with -26, Myanmar came away 18 goals to the good.

Australia topped Group B after a hard-fought 6-5 victory, an important win as the Aussies will now avoid Thailand until the final of the competition.

Winners of Group A Thailand will today face Vietnam, while Australia will match up against Group B runner-up Malaysia at the Bangkok Futsal Arena. The final will be played on October 16.

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