Former Man U defender Ronny Johnsen trains young Myanmar footballers

Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt

A coaching team led by Jean Ronny Johnsen, a former defender with famous English club Manchester United, gave basic football training to young Myanmar footballers on Thursday.

Johnsen’s coaching team taught basic football techniques to more than 30 players from under-12 and under-14 teams on the first day of a training programme at the National Football Academy sponsored by Manda Fermentation.

After, the coaches gave commemorative emblems to the players.

They were due to continue training the young local players on Friday morning and evening.

Johnsen’s coaching team will leave for Pathein on Saturday and teach basic football tactics to more than 150 young players on Sunday and Monday.

The Man U defender attended a press conference held at the Melia Hotel on Thursday along with representatives from Manda Fermentation, plus Tin Myint Aung, joint-secretary of the Myanmar Football Federation, and others.

Tin Myint Aung and Johnsen made speeches at the event and gifts were given to members of the Manchester United coaching team.

Manda Fermentation signed a five-year contract with Manchester United. It plans to carry out youth development projects every year.

Manda plans to work with Manchester United on youth projects in Myanmar over coming years. So, coaching officials are likely to arrive in Myanmar next year.

“I feel proud of my chance to arrive in Myanmar and represent Manchester United Football Club and full of excitement,” Johnsen said.

“Young players are important for the football arena. I will share my best experiences with them despite not having a lot of time,” he said.

Johnsen, 48, is a former Norwegian footballer who played at international level as a centre back or defensive midfielder. He played club football in Norway, Turkey and England for Sem, Stokke, Eik-Tonsberg, Lyn, Lillestrom, Besiktas, Manchester United, Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Valerenga. He was capped 62 times for Norway and took part in the 1998 Fifa World Cup.

Translated by Win Htut