Under-22s reach semi in Malaysia

Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt
Myanmar players celebrate after scoring a goal.


Myanmar's male under-22 footballers have secured a SEA Games semi-final place on August 26 after three consecutive wins against Singapore, Laos and Brunei in group A. Hosts Malaysia also qualify. 

After improving with each match, the team will be eyeing a tournament win. But they will still want to address the number of wasted balls and poor passes to improve their performances in the knock-out stages. Observers will be watching to see if the squad is rotated ahead of the semi final. 

Myanmar coach Gerd Zeise made only a few changes to the staring line-ups in all three matches.

They play Malaysia in their final group game on August 21 to decide who tops the group. Myanmar beat Singapore 2-0, Laos 3-1 and Brunei 6-0. 

Over-reliance on striker Aung Thu may prove a vulnerability with his three goals in three matches, although other players stepped up their performances during the last two games. 

Myanmar and Vietnam are being seen as tournament favourites with both performing better than Thailand, the defending champions. In group B, Vietnam lead with six points, followed by Thailand and Indonesia with four points.

Translated by Win Htut