Monday, September 25, 2017

MNL-2 champions City Yangon return to top flight

CITY Yangon FC are back in the top division of Myanmar National League (MNL) after winning promotion at the end of the 2017 MNL-2 season yesterday.

City Yangon players celebrate with the MNL-2 champions trophy yesterday at Aung San Stadium. Photo: Nyan Zay HtetCity Yangon players celebrate with the MNL-2 champions trophy yesterday at Aung San Stadium. Photo: Nyan Zay Htet

2015 was the first time they were promoted to the top league after finishing runner-up that year, but they got only seven points in the 2016 MNL season and were relegated at the end of the season.

This year City Yangon has been at their best and crowned MNL-2 champions remaining undefeated the entire season. Mahar Untied FC also progressed to the top league after finishing second.

“We won with an undefeated record. This is a good record but it’s going to be more difficult next season. We’ll make good preparations for next season because MNL is a more difficult league.” said U Kyaw Kyaw Oo, manager of City Yangon.

“Even though we were promoted in 2015, we were relegated because we didn’t have experience at that time. This year we had a plan and our players have gained valuable experience. I believe our team can take this good form to the 2018 MNL season.” U Kyaw Kyaw Oo added.

City Yangon won MNL-2 competition by posting 16 victories against three draws the entire season while Mahar United had 13 wins, four draws and two losses.

Next year will mark the first time for Mahar Untied will be competing in the top league their head coach Zaw Lin Tun said, “Our team needs to bring in more players. The top league more difficult and every rival is tough. We have plans to rein in young local players as well as foreign stars.”

The 2017 MNL season started with 11 teams on January 17. After week 10, United of Thanlyin FC got banned because they had financial difficulties and the league continued thereafter with 10 teams in the fray.

TeamGPGDPTS
10 19 20
10 10 22
Yadanarbon
10 6 21
Ayeyawady United
10 5 15
Rakhine United
10 0 14
Magwe FC
10 -2 13
Zwekapin United
10 -4 13
Nay Pyi Taw FC
10 -8 9
10 -6 8
10 -6 7
Chin United
10 -7 7
GFA FC
10 -7 6
Last Updated - 1 April 2017
TeamGPGDPTS
Manaw Myay
22 51 52
GFA
22 21 49
Nay Pyi Taw FC
22 33 48
Mahar United
22 31 48
Myawady FC
22 23 36
Mawyawadi FC
22 1 35
City Stars
22 1 28
University FC
22 -17 23
Dagon FC
22 -11 20
Pong Gan
22 -37 12
United of Thanlyin
22 -47 11
Silver Stars
22 -49 10
Last Updated - 28 August 2016