December 15, 2016

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Myanmar aim to secure early semifinal berth against Philippines

(From left to right) Hein Ko Ko, Phyo Kyaw Zin, Aung Show Thar and Kaung Sat Naing give thumbs up after a 2-1 win over hosts at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Thursday.—Photo: Credit to MFF
(From left to right) Hein Ko Ko, Phyo Kyaw Zin, Aung Show Thar and Kaung Sat Naing give thumbs up after a 2-1 win over hosts at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore on Thursday.—Photo: Credit to MFF

Myanmar’s U23 footballers will be gunning for a third consecutive win Sunday at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore, with victory against the Philippines guaranteeing a semifinal berth with a group match in hand.
Myanmar sit atop Group A with the maximum six points from their opening two matches, having defeated the hosts 2-1 on Thursday after opening the tournament with a 4-2 win over Indonesia two days earlier.
Teams in the football tournament are divided into two groups, with the top two teams from each advancing to the semis.
Draws in both remaining group matches will also be enough to secure a place in the semis for Myanmar, who failed to advance past the group stage as hosts of the 27th SEA Games in 2013.
Myanmar are brimming with confidence before the match at Jalan Besar Stadium against a Philippines side that has yet to secure a point, having lost 3-1 to Cambodia and 1-0 to Singapore in its two group games.
Myanmar Head Coach Kyi Lwin said after the win against Singapore on Thursday, “We will try our best in every game, and we will try to win the next two games.”
Myanmar will face Cambodia on Wednesday in their final match of the group stage—GNLM

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