AFC U-23 Championship 2020 Qualifiers: Myanmar’s final 23-man squad revealed

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Hosts Myanmar have announced the names of the 23 players who will represent them at the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers scheduled to be held at the Thuwunna Stadium from March 22. 

The team will be coached by Velizar Popov and are pooled with Japan, Timor-Leste and Macau in Group I. Top team from the group will qualify for the tournament proper to be held in Thailand in January 2020 while the second-placed team will also have a chance to progress as one of the four best second-placed teams from the 11 groups.

Myanmar will open their campaign against Timor-Leste on March 22 followed by a game against Macau on March 24. They will meet Asian giants Japan in the final group match on March 26.

Myanmar’s 23-member squad for 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers:

Goalkeepers: Sann Sat Nang, Phone Thitsar Min, Soe Arkar

Defenders: Ye Yint Aung, Ye Min Thu, Zin Ye Naung, Thu Rein Soe, Hein Phyo Win, Win Moe Kyaw, Zwe Htet Min, Htoo Khant Lwin

Midfielders: Lwin Moe Aung, Zayar Naing, Myat Kaung Khant, Aung Naing Win, Zwe Thet Paing, Kaung Htet Soe, Soe Lwin Lwin, Hein Htet Soe

Forwards: Win Naing Tun, Htet Phyo Wai, Hlwan Moe Oo, Aung Kaung Mann

AFF U-22 Championship 2019: Hosts Cambodia enter semifinal with 2-0 win over Myanmar

AFF U-22 Championship 2019: Sath Rosib’s long-range effort gives Cambodia a 1-0 win over Malaysia

Cambodia became the third team to enter the semifinals of the AFF U-22 Championship 2019 after registering a comfortable 2-0 win over Myanmar at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

Vietnam and Thailand had already booked their berth in the last four from Group A, and Cambodia, who had earlier defeated Malaysia 1-0 in their opener, became the first team from Group B to join them.

Yue Safy opened the scoring for the young Angkor Warriors in the 26th minute before defender Sin Sophanat doubled the hosts’ advantage five minutes into the second half.

The game began with the home side suffering an early setback in the form of an injury to their midfielder Mat Sakrovy who was replaced by Brak Thiva within the first five minutes of the game.

Cambodia, coached by young Argentine trainer Felix Dalmas, was the brighter of the two sides and they were awarded a penalty in the 17th minute when attacker Sin Kakada fell down inside the box under a challenge from Myanmar defender Soe Moe Kyaw.

It was a contentious decision from the referee, but Myanmar captain Phone Thitsar Min did not let bad officiating spoil their evening so soon as he dived the right way to deny Ouk Sovann from the spot.

However, the deadlock was not going to stand for too long as Cambodia finally broke through with a goal from Yue Safy. Sin Kakada played a hopeful ball into the penalty box which fell kindly for Safy to finish past the Myanmar captain in goal and make it 1-0.

Myanmar would have wanted to hit back immediately, but their plans were thrown out of the window when Cambodia doubled their lead in the 50th minute. In Sodavid played in a cross from the left wing towards the far post which was headed back across the goal for Sophanat to turn in.

Myanmar’s Htet Phyoe tested Cambodia custodian Hul Kimhuy in the 63rd minute while the goalkeeper also somehow kept out another effort from crossing the line towards in the end of the second half. Other than those couple of chances, Myanmar attack looked blunt in front of the Khmer defence.

Tempers flared at times during the 90 minutes of action and Myanmar coach Velizar Popov was an agitated man on the touchline for the lion share of the game. And the Bulgarian coach ultimately paid the price for it after being sent to the stands by the referee in the dying moments of the game.

But for his counterpart Dalmas and Cambodia, it was time to celebrate as they booked a spot in the semifinals — that too from a group featuring the likes of the formidable Indonesia and Malaysia.

Cambodia will now play Indonesia in their final group game on February 22 before the semifinal scheduled to be held on February 24.




AFF U-22 Championship 2019: An opportunity to know my players – Myanmar coach Velizar Popov

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Myanmar will open their campaign in the AFF U-22 Championship 2019 against Indonesia at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium in Cambodia on Monday. And their new coach Velizar Popov believes it will be a prefect opportunity for him to know more about his players.

Myanmar are placed in Group B of the regional youth competition along with hosts Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia with two teams eligible to progress to the semifinals of the competition.

Popov, the 43-year-old Bulgarian coach who was appointed the Myanmar U-23 national team coach last month, said he believes the tournament will help him assess the players under his disposal as they prepare for continental championship qualification.

“The main objective is to provide the best of exposure to prepare for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers in March,” said the former Kelantan and Suphanburi FC head coach.

“The AFF U-22 Championship is meant to provide additional opportunity for the Myanmar U-22 team to face other powerful teams during tournament,” Popov said during the news conference ahead of their opener against Garuda Muda.

“I joined this team in the last two weeks. That’s why I don’t know well about some of my players. But, I think this AFF Championship is an opportunity to watch my players’ talents and contribution as well as find out how we can boost their performance,” the Bulgarian added.

Myanmar will also play Cambodia on February 20 followed by their final group game against Malaysia on February 22. All matches are being held at the Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh.

You can follow all the action from the game LIVE here! 

Myanmar preliminary squad for AFF U-22 Championship 2019 announced

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The Myanmar Football Federation has announced the preliminary list of players selected for its U-22 national team that will participate in the AFF U-22 Championship 2019.

The championship is scheduled to be held form February 17 to 26 in Cambodia with eight ASEAN nations fighting it out for the youth title.

Myanmar are pooled with hosts Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia in Group B while Group A will consist of Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.

Singapore, Brunei and Laos had withdrawn from the tournament recently.

Top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals followed by the final to be held at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium on February 26.

Myanmar will be lining up at the AFF tournament under new coach Velizar Popov — the Bulgarian who has previous experiences at Suphanburi FC, Kelantan FA and Sisaket FC.

Myanmar preliminary squad for the AFF U-22 Championship 2019

Goalkeepers: Phone Thitsar Min (Shan United), Sann Sat Naing (Yangon United), Soe Arkar (Magwe FC), Tu Nanda Oo (Myawady FC)

Defenders: Win Moe Kyaw (Magwe FC), Soe Moe Kyaw (Ayawady United), Aung Wunna Soe (Zwekapin United), Ye Yint Aung (Yadanarbon FC), Hloo Khant Lwin (Yangon United), Thu Rein Soe (Yangon United), Ye Min Thu (Shan United), Zin Ye Naung (ISPE), Hein Phyo Win (Shan United)

Midfielders: Nan Hitke Zaw (Ayawady United), Lwin Moe Aung (Ayawady United), Zayar Naing (Magwe FC), Myat Kaung Khant (Yadanarbon FC), Aung Naing Win (Yadanarbon FC), Myat Htun Thit (Magwe FC), Zin Min Tun (Magwe FC), Zwe Thet Paing (Shan United), Aung Ko Oo (MFF U-19), Zaw Min Thein (MFF U-19)

Forwards: Hein Htet Aung (Hantharwady United), Htet Phyoe Wai (Shan United), Win Naing Tun (Yadanarbon FC), Kaung Htet Soe (Yangon United), Hlwan Moe Oo (Yangon United)

Head coach: Velizar Popov
Assistant coaches: Chit Naing, Soe Myat Min


Myanmar appoint Velizar Popov for 2019 SEA Games

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Bulgarian coach Velizar Popov has been handed the reins of the Myanmar Under-22 team for this year’s 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila.

Still only 42 but with plenty of managerial experience under his belt already, Popov’s appointment was announced by Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) on Wednesday evening.

The Bulgarian – a UEFA Pro Licence holder – is no stranger to the region, having had spells in Thailand with Suphanburi and Sisaket as well as in Malaysia with Kelantan.

In fact, Popov has coached solely in Asia since 2012 with stints in Oman and Maldives as well, the latter of which involving being in charge of the national team in 2015.

Myanmar are widely regarded as an emerging force in Southeast Asia but have seen their progress stagnate recently, highlighted by their group-stage exit at the last year’s AFF Suzuki Cup following a semi-final appearance in 2016.

The Under-23s also finished runners-up at the 2015 SEA Games, which was followed by a fourth-place finish two years later – when the tournament was converted to an Under-22 competition.

There is certainly no shortage of outstanding talent for Popov to work with, although inconsistency and indiscipline are often recognised as two factors preventing Myanmar from reaching the level of regional powerhouses Thailand and Vietnam.

But, with six players from the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 squad eligible for this year’s SEA Games – Phone Thit Sar Min, Sann Sat Naing, Soe Moe Kyaw, Ye Yint Aung, Htet Phyo Wai and Lwin Moe Aung – Popov will definitely have some youngsters with valuable experience to build his side around, along with fellow bright prospects Myat Kaung Khant and Hein Phyo Win.

Photo credit: Myanmar Football Federation