In the season’s penultimate weekend, many eyes turned to the bottom of the standings to see whether Southern Myanmar could draw closer to neck-and-neck rival Rakhine United in the race to escape relegation alongside the hapless Horizon squad.
An archer, a shooter, a judo champion and two swimmers: Five of Myanmar’s seven athletes have finished their events in this year’s Olympics, and though none have secured medals, each has represented well on the world’s brightest stage.
Although the Myanmar National League title has already been decided – Yadanarbon has clinched the championship with three games to spare – the drama is only beginning to heat up, particularly at the bottom of the standings.
Myanmar is not known for its swimming prowess – in fact, most Myanmar people in urban areas don’t learn to swim, and the country’s swimming federation is defunct – but that hasn’t stopped 14-year-old Thint Myat from diving in headfirst.
This past weekend’s dream match-up was deferred when rain broke up a battle of the heavyweights between Yangon United and Zeyar Shwe Myay in only the 13th minute at YUSC, giving the Lions some much-appreciated extra rest ahead of their second General Aung San Shield semifinal clash tomorrow against Yadanarbon.
The 2016 Myanmar National League season is down to its third-to-last week, and while the season winners – Yadanarbon – are already crowned, for the unlucky bunch at the bottom of the table the battle to avoid relegation is just heating up.
Zeyar Shwe Myay
Nay Pyi Taw FC
United of Thanlyin