After the Myanmar Derby kicked off the final weekend of the first half of the Myanmar National League, the nation’s other top sides battled it out to put themselves in the best position possible for the post-Thingyan restart on May 21.
Bahtoo Stadium witnessed the best and the worst of Myanmar football as league leaders Yadanarbon’s triumph over historic rivals Yangon United was marred by projectiles once again raining down on the opposition keeper.
Win, lose or draw tonight Gerd Zeise’s men may yet progress to the third round of qualifying for the next Asian Cup. A win would guarantee Myanmar’s advance as one of the four-best fourth-place teams in the joint 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup second round of qualification.
No Southeast Asian nation has competed at the men’s football World Cup final since Indonesia featured as the Dutch East Indies in 1938. While Myanmar attempt to struggle their way to a best-performing fourth-place finish in this year’s second round of Asian qualifiers, neighbours Thailand have made the final Asian qualifying stage for the 2018 World Cup.
Zeyar Shwe Myay
Nay Pyi Taw FC
United of Thanlyin