Myanmar and Asean in bid to stage young World Cup football tournament

Writer: 
Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt
Myanmar young footballers celebrate as they won a place for U-20 World Cup in 2015. (Photo-Nyi Nyi Soe Nyunt)

The Myanmar Football Federation in collaboration with some Asean countries is making an attempt to host young World Cup football tournaments after 2021.

Zaw Zaw, President of the MFF, met with Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 22. During the meeting Zaw Zaw requested to host Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup football tournaments.

India is hosting this year’s U-17 World Cup in October and the Republic of Korea is hosting the U-20 World Cup this year. The earliest year available will be after 2021.

Phone Naing Zaw, CEO of the MFF, said: “It is impossible to host the world level tournaments only in a single country. We have only four football stadiums in the country. This number is difficult to host football matches for FIFA. If we join another country, it will be possible. We will continue negotiating what country will be suitable for us. We will try to host the U-20 and U-17 World Cup.”

The U-17 World Cup could not be held in Asean countries, but the U-20 World Cup was hosted by India in 1997.

Myanmar has four 30,000-seat stadiums: Wunna Theikdi and Zeyathiri in Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalar Thiri in Mandalay and Thuwunna in Yangon.

Myanmar U-20 booked a ticket for U-20 World Cup in 2015 and it was the first-ever World Cup qualifying team in Myanmar football history.

Translated by Win Htut