Team Talk: What Myanmar need to know about Macau

FOX Sports Asia looks to Myanmar’s 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers and profiles their upcoming opponent Macau.

Myanmar are due to take on Macau in their final AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier on March 27 at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.

Myanmar lost 5-1 to Kyrgyzstan in their previous game and have no chance of qualifying for the main event.

Thailand-based strikers Aung Thu and Kyaw Ko Ko are in the squad helmed by head coach Gerd Zeise for this game, but how much do you know about Macau?

Here are some interesting facts and figures before the White Angels go into battle and play for pride against Macau.


Country: Macau
FIFA Ranking (as of 15 March 18): 186
Nickname: The Greens
Head Coach: Chan Hiu Ming
Captain: Cheang Cheng Leong
Player to watch: Cheang Cheng Leong

Photo sourced from Getty Image

A Liga de Elite winner with C.D. Monte Carlo, Cheang Cheng Leong is a midfielder who is the captain of the Macau national football team.

Besides that, the 33-year-old is also the Greens’ record cap-holder with 44 appearances.

After starting the first four Asian Cup qualifying group matches, Cheang was benched for the 3-4 defeat to Kyrgyzstan.

AFC Asian Cup group standings and results:

Macau are currently last in group A with no points after five games.

They have been eliminated with five losses and have never qualified for the Asian Cup.

The Greens’ Asian Cup group A qualifying results are as follows:

Kyrgyzstan 1-0 Macau
Macau 0-4 Myanmar
Macau 0-2 India
India 4-1 Macau
Macau 3-4 Kyrgyzstan

Past meetings with Myanmar:

13 June 2017 (Asian Cup qualifiers)
Macau 0-4 Myanmar
Estadio Campo Desportivo, Macau
(Sithu Aung 4, 62; Kyaw Ko Ko 30; Min Min Thu 74)

26 April 2009 (AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers)
Myanmar 4-0 Macau
Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka
(Khin Maung Lwin 3; Yazar Win Thein 15; Pyae Phyoe Oo 48; Myo Min Tun 59)

Match details:

Myanmar vs Macau (Asian Cup qualifiers)
Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
March 27, 1930HKT