FOX Sports Asia recently conducted a poll asking fans to vote for who they think is the key to leading Myanmar football forward.
The three options were:
1) “The Talent”: The players on the field are the ones that truly mattered. Stars such as Aung Thu, Kyaw Ko Ko and Yan Aung Kyaw have the biggest say on how far the White Angels go in the future.
2) “The Brains”: It comes down to the coaching staff, headed by national team head Gerd Zeise. How well they train the players and the style of football would be the most vital aspect.
3) “The Establishment”: It all boils down to what is done behind the scenes by the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF), led by president Zaw Zaw. Areas like youth development and infrastructure are the most important components.
The votes are in and it is Zaw Zaw and the MFF that fans believe will play the most crucial role in continuing the growth of Myanmar football in the years to come.
798 voted for Zaw Zaw’s “Establishment”, who finished comfortably ahead of Aung Thu and “The Talent” (361 votes), while Gerd Zeise had to settle for third place with 59 votes.
While it remains to be seen what heights Myanmar do reach in the future, there is no denying how much they have prospered in recent years after Zaw Zaw’s leadership.
Having been appointed as MFF chairman in 2005, the 50-year-old has also served as an Executive Committee member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and is the current vice president of the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF).
Since 2013, the MFF has twice been named the AFF Association of the Year, as well as the AFC Dream Asia award.
On the field, there was also the historic achievement of qualifying for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, while the senior team remain firmly in the running to book their place at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, which would see them take their place among the continent’s elite for the first time since they were runners-up in 1968.