SEA Games: Can the young Lions beat them?

SEA Games: Can the young Lions beat them?
Philippines and Myanmar football teams will be training at Serangoon Stadium ahead of the SEA Games. They are in the same group as Singapore, Group A.

MYANMAR

Coach: Kyi LwinBest result: Gold (1965 - shared with Thailand, 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1973 as Burma)

Last SEA Games: Group stage

Key players: Nay Lin Tun, Chit Su Moe, Ye Win Aung

Recent results: drew 2-2 with Vietnam, lost to Thailand 4-0, lost to Australia 5-1

Team talk: They won five gold medals in the first seven editions of the South-east Asian Peninsular Games, the predecessor of the SEA Games.

Myanmar - or Burma as they were known then - were once regarded as one of the big guns in the region.

Since then, they have faltered but, in recent years, Myanmar football has shown signs that it is nearing its second coming.

They put themselves back on the map by claiming silver and bronze medals at the 2009 and 2011 Games respectively.

Their senior side are posing a tough test for some of the region's heavyweights, even if they are yet to deliver the goods at the Suzuki Cup.

Their young charges' qualification for this year's Fifa Under-20 World Cup, which came after reaching last year's AFC U-19 Championship semi-finals on home soil, suggests that they are on the right track.

For this SEA Games, they will have to do it without stars like Kyaw Ko Ko and Kyi Lin, who are in Raddy Avramovic's senior side preparing for the World Cup qualifiers.

Their absence dents Myanmar's hopes of reaching the last four, but don't be surprised if they deliver another statement of their impending resurgence.

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