Shan United have their task cut out SPORT
THE MYANMAR TIMES
FOLLOWING the draw for the 2018 editions of the Asian Champions League and the AFC Cup, double champions Shan United FC, holders of the domestic league and knock-out titles, will be hoping to make their maiden foray into the top flight of Asian football count.
Yangon United FC, the runnersup this MNL season, will spearhead Myanmar’s campaign in the AFC Cup.
Shan United, having won both the MNL trophy and the General Aung San Shield, seems to have their task cut out following the draw held Dec 6 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
They face the winner of the Philippine domestic league, yet to be determined as it is still in progress, in their first outing on Jan 16 in Yangon. If victorious, they play Brisbane Bears, an Australian side, before taking on China’s Tianjin Quanjian. To qualify for the ACL, Shan United needs to beat all three teams, failing which it will be relegated to the Asia Cup.
The odds seem stacked against the Taunggyi-based Shan United because this will be its first appearance on the international stage, and Asia’s premier league at that.
If relegated to AFC Cup, Shan United will be in Group F alongside Singapore’s Home United FC, a Cambodia club or Laos club, and a club from the Philippines.