Thursday, September 21, 2017

AFC finals to begin in Yangon

 

The country’s flourishing national league (MNL) and the competency of the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) to hold the event where both determining factors in the decision, according to AFC competition director, Mr Tokuaki Suzuki.

“MNL is a mature and developing league in Asia so we want to congratulate [the country for it’s development of the game].

Also there are enough facilities to successfully host the competition and that is why we chose Myanmar,” Mr Tokuaki Suzuki said on July 11 when the decision was announced at the Park Royal Hotel in Yangon.

Last seasons MNL champions, Yadanarbon FC will represent the country after successfully qualifying for the finals held in both Yangon and Sri Lanka earlier this year.

Yadanarbon’s first game will be played against Tajik side Vakhsh, at 3.30pm on July 24, at Yangon’s Youth Training Centre Stadium.

Vakhsh coach Asliddin Habibulloev said that his side will start as underdogs against the host team.

“We should not underestimate our opponents. There are no weak teams in the final stage of the competition. I think Yadanarbon will be favourites to win against us,” Habibulloev said in an article published on the-afc.com.

The Myanmar champions will have home advantage and the timing of the match will also pose problems for us. The match will start at [3.30am] and our players do not have much experience of playing in the heat.”

“I watched Yadanarbon’s matches in the qualifiers in Yangon. They are very well organised and impressed me with their technical ability,” he said.

Yadanarbon, Vakhsh, ITTU (Turkmenistan), and Dordoi (Kyrgyzstan) will all be competitng for the title which culminates on July 26.

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