Shan United have their task cut out SPORT


The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­inhlaing@mm­ Photo: Yan­gon United DE­CEM­BER 8, 2017

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.

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