Team Talk: What Myanmar need to know about Kyrgyzstan

FOX Sports Asia looks at to Myanmar’s 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers in the coming week and profile their upcoming opponent Kyrgyzstan.

Myanmar are due to take on Kyrgyzstan in their AFC Asian Cup Group A qualifier on March 22 at the Incheon Football Stadium in South Korea.

Thailand-based strikers Aung Thu and Kyaw Ko Ko have been called up by head coach Gerd Zeise for this game, but how much do you know about Kyrgyzstan?

Here are some interesting facts and figures before the White Angels go into battle against Kyrgyzstan.

Country: Kyrgyzstan
FIFA Ranking (as of 15 March 18): 115
Nickname: The White Falcons
Head Coach: Aleksandr Krestinin
Captain: Azamat Baymatov
Player to watch: Viktor Maier

Photo sourced from Getty Images

Of Kyrgyzstani-German descent, winger Viktor Maier plies his trade with Regionalliga side SC Wiedenbruck.

The 27-year-old has scored one goal in his 17 caps and it was in the 2-2 draw with Myanmar in the Asian Cup group qualifying match last October.

He made his international debut in May 2015 in the 3-1 win over Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifying match.

AFC Asian Cup group standings and results:
Kyrgyzstan are currently second in Group A with seven points.

They have won twice, drawn and lost one after four matches played.

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

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

Past meetings with Myanmar:
10 October 2017 (Asian Cup qualifiers)
Myanmar 2-2 Kyrgyzstan
Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
(Aung Thu 52; Kyaw Ko Ko 92) (Zemlianukhin 9 (pen.); Maier 49)

24 May 2014 (Asian Cup qualifiers)
Kyrgyzstan 1-0 Myanmar
Hithadhoo Zone Stadium, Addu City
(Verevkin 18)

Match details:
Kyrgyzstan vs Myanmar (Asian Cup qualifiers)
Incheon Football Stadium, Incheon
March 22, 1400HKT

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