Squad shake-up com­ing a er Viet­nam set­back

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­inhlaing@mm­times.com

MYAN­MAR na­tional team coach Gerd Zeise hinted that there would be changes to his start­ing line-up be­fore fac­ing Cam­bo­dia to­mor­row fol­low­ing the White An­gels’ dis­ap­point­ing 2-1 loss to Viet­nam in their open­ing AFF Suzuki Cup group B match on Novem­ber 20.

Against a sea­soned Viet­nam squad, Zeise showed the same line-up de­ployed in re­cent friendlies against Indonesia and Oman, in which the White An­gels failed to score. He was dis­ap­pointed in par­tic­u­lar by the per­for­mance of mid­fielder Ye Ko Oo and striker Win Naing Soe, and also called out for con­dem­na­tion re­cen­tad­di­tion Kaung Satt Naing, who was called up as a re­place­ment for na­tional team star Kyaw Ko Ko.

“We made a lot of mis­takes on the field. We gave up the lead goal af­ter Ye Ko Oo missed a pass. An­other, Win Naing Soe, is a youth player, and he couldn’t in­flu­ence the match. Some of our younger play­ers still need more ex­pe­ri­ence to be ready for top-level com­pe­ti­tion, and we saw that tonight,” he said.

Myan­mar strug­gled to find their form in the first half, as the re-tooled strik­ing line con­tin­ued to make its ab­sence felt. Mean­while, Viet­nam steadily con­trolled the game flow, with Nguyen Van Quyet con­vert­ing their first goal in the 24th minute on a neat one-two set-up by Truong Luong Xuan af­ter Ye Ko Oo’s mis­step.

Myo Ko Tun came on to re­place Ye Ko Oo in the 46th minute and Than Paing was subbed in for Win Naing Soe in the 66th. The sub­sti­tu­tions stead­ied the mid­field, as the An­gels be­gan to re­tain pos­ses­sion and de­velop the at­tack. Striker Aung Thu attmpted to set up Myo Ko Tun in the 63rd minute and Nanda Lin Kyaw in the 71st minute be­fore finding the back of the net him­self in the 73rd, with Myo Ko Tun pro­vid­ing the as­sist.

Golden Stars cap­tain Le Cong Vinh struck back in the 80th minute, how­ever, eras­ing fans’ fever­ish hopes of manag­ing a draw against the Group B favourites. Aung Thu was booked for a foul two min­utes later, spell­ing the end of Myan­mar’s come­back chances.

“It was a good game. My play­ers did their best, and the match was played at high qual­ity. I’m satisfied with the re­sult, and with my play­ers’ show­ing, es­pe­cially their men­tal tough­ness,” Viet­nam coach Nguyen Huu Thang said af­ter the game.

The White An­gels were clearly over­matched, called for 19 fouls to the Golden Stars’ seven and re­ceiv­ing three yel­low cards, start­ing with Ye Ko Oo in the 36th minute. And while the White An­gels man­aged 13 shots, only four of them were on tar­get, the same tally as Viet­nam.

“We de­feated our­selves tonight. We made a lot of mis­takes, par­tic­u­larly in the first half. Both teams re­ally came to­gether in the sec­ond half, though – if we can ap­ply that sec­ond­half per­for­mance against Cam­bo­dia, we’ll be al­right,” Zeise said.

“Cam­bo­dia isn’t a favourite in group B, but they’re a dan­ger­ous team. We need to be care­ful,” he added.

Cam­bo­dia lost their open­ing match to Malaysia 3-2, but rolled through Laos, Brunei and Ti­morLeste to clinch the last spot in the tour­na­ment. They dropped re­cent friendlies to Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, but thrashed Sri Lanka last month 4-0.

The White An­gels will need a strong show­ing from their mod­i­fied line-up to­mor­row if they hope to ad­vance from the group stage, as they’ll face Malaysia, tipped for the group’s run­ner-up spot, in their fi­nal group match on Novem­ber 26.

Viet­nam will face Malaysia at 3pm to­mor­row be­fore Myan­mar plays Cam­bo­dia at 6pm. Both matches will be played at Yan­gon’s Thuwunna YTC Sta­dium.

There had been seven weeks when NFL kick­ers matched the old record of 10 con­ver­sions, but the most re­cent was the sec­ond week of the 1985 cam­paign.

A ma­jor rea­son for the lack of suc­cess was last year’s rule change that pushed back to length of con­ver­sion kicks from a dis­tance of 17 yards to al­most dou­ble that dis­tance.

Two-point con­ver­sion at­tempts re­main near the goal line, prompt­ing NFL teams to go for the ex­tra point with a run or pass play about twice as much as they did be­fore the kick was pushed back.

Over­all, the dip in the suc­cess rates of con­ver­sion kicks since the change was made has been only about 5 per­cent. –

Photo: Naing Lin Soe

Myan­mar na­tional team cap­tain Yan Aung Kyaw sets up a cross against Viet­nam in their 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup group B match on Novem­ber 20. Viet­nam won 2-1.

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