Tomorrow sees the return of Myanmar football’s premier knockout competition, and with it the dreams of an old-fashioned cup run. Though the history of the General Aung San Shield dates back to 1957, the name and trophy were dropped in 2009 with the advent of professionalism in the sport.
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.
Zeyar Shwe Myay
Nay Pyi Taw FC
United of Thanlyin