Myanmar looking to ride wave of support

Having stumbled at the final hurdle in the 1993 and 2007 Games finals, Myanmar are determined to finally claim gold in the regional football showpiece.

Kyi Lwin's side were not expected to make it to the gold-medal match, but a surprise 2-1 win over Vietnam in Saturday's semi-finals finds them just one win away from glory.

Myanmar have been one of the best supported teams at the event in Singapore, with locals and members of the migrant Myanmar community coming out to support the team.

Lwin has revealed the backing of the fans has played a big role in the team's success, and he is hopeful that the support will help drive his team to victory.

"Our supporters from Myanmar and the people who have supported us here in Singapore are all very passionate for success from our football team," he said. "They are important in us making it all the way to the final."

Singapore is a nation in which Lwin has enjoyed much success, as he was a member of the 1993 team that lost to Thailand in the final, a game which was also played in country.

"Yes, I think Singapore is a good place for me," he told Singapore Digital News.

"I was a player in 1993 and, now as a coach, I am happy to reach the final again."

While few believed that Myanmar would reach the final, Lwin said that a gold medal was always their goal, and they're determined to achieve it.

"We have reached the final, so we are very close to our target (of a gold medal). We've been waiting very long for this," he said.