Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt
The AFC will hold a draw for Asian U-23 men’s football qualification for 2020 in Malaysia on November 7.
The qualifier football tournament will be showcased dividing into east Asian zone and western Asian Zone. A total of 43 teams—24 from west Asian zone and 19 from east Asian zone will participate in qualifier football tournament. There will be six groups in the West Asian Zone and four in East Asian Zone.
The AFC already announced the seeding terms in order to hold the zone-wise qualifier matches. Myanmar is in the Pot-3 in east Asian zone. In east Asian zone, Vietnam who secured runners-up in the 2018 Asian U-23 Championship, is in the Pot-1 together with ROK, Malaysia and Japan.
Myanmar will be likely to struggle in a bid to escape from the tough group as it will play against two power house teams. There will be three-group of five teams and one group of four teams in east Asian zone. There will be six-group of four teams in west Asian zone. Ten top teams of every group and five teams of best second place will advance the qualification. Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Mongolia will be host countries in the four groups of east Asian zone. Thailand will host the last round of the qualification and take part in the qualification.
The qualifier matches will be held from March 18 to 26 in 2019. The group matches of four teams will kick off on March 22. The final round of the qualification will start on January 8 and end on 26 in 2020.
Myanmar participated in the qualifier round every year and advanced the qualification only in 2014, but didn’t win the qualifier round in 2016 and 2018.
Kyi Lwin will steer Myanmar U-23 national football team as a head coach.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut