Myanmar to host 2020 AFC U-23 Championship qualifying group

Myanmar is playing against Australia in Asia U-23 play-off match (Photo-Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt)


The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) allowed Myanmar to host its qualifying group matches in 2020 AFC U-23 Championship, sources said.

The qualifying stage will be held as East Asia Zone and West Asia Zone and Myanmar U-23 team will be competing in East Asia Zone. Nearly 40 teams will be included in the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship.

A total of five groups will be divided in East Asia Zone and West Asia Zone each. Myanmar is hosting the AFC U-23 Championship qualifying group for three times and they hosted the tournament in 2014 and 2018 AFC U-23 Championships qualifying group. The qualifying group matches will be held from March 18 to 26 next year. Groups with four teams will be held from March 22 to 26.

Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) hosted the previous qualifying matches in Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon and this year qualifying matches will also be held at the same location. Myanmar U-22 team will be taking part in the competition and Kyi Lwin has been assigned as head coach of Myanmar team. Myanmar team qualified for the AFC U-23 Championship in 2014 once but they failed to qualify in 2014 and 2018 competitions.

Myanmar team lost Australian team 3-0 in their final match in the group in June 2017 and as they failed to qualify in 2018 AFC U-23 Championship, they were not included in the top five of second place teams.

Thailand will host the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship and they will compete in the qualifying group. Myanmar U-22 team will spend their time in camp for training at the end of this year and Myanmar U-22 (b) team will compete in an invitation cup held in China.