As early as 10am the heat of the concrete road sizzles and threatens to blister the skin. But clouds of dust are thrown up as 20-odd young men are being put through their paces, as one man’s voice resounds across the scorched earth of the nearby football field.
A 3-2 win for Yangon United over visitors Maziya was not enough to see the Lions qualify for the next stage of the AFC Cup with South China’s walkover Mohun Bagan in the other Group G game, raising questions from both Marjan Sekulovski and his Maziya counterpart.
Nyi Nyi Aung, Win Ko Ko and Pyae Phyoe Aung are set to begin their attempt on the world’s largest peak this weekend after Britons Kenton Cool and Robert Richard Lucas along with Mexican David Liaño Gonzalez became the first foreigners to summit Mount Everest since a deadly earthquake ended last year’s climbing season.
For the League, for the Nation: That’s the slogan of the Ooredoo Myanmar National League but it’s also a rallying cry that Yangon United coach Marjan Sekulovski hopes the country’s football fans will take to heart for this evening’s decisive AFC Cup clash with Maziya of the Maldives.
Zeyar Shwe Myay
Nay Pyi Taw FC
United of Thanlyin