Striker Kyaw Ko Ko set for Thai league
ATIONAL striker Kyaw Ko Ko is following into the footsteps of Aung Thu, the former Yadanarbon FC forward who moved to Police Tero in Thailand’s premier football league last November.
Kyaw Ko Ko has decided to join Chiangrai United FC which also features in the same league. The offer from the Thai club came Saturday: it is a yearlong deal worth $7,000 per month to him.
Yangon United, the club he turns out for in Myanmar’s domestic league, and Kyaw Ko Ko have accepted the offer and are in the process negotiating the finer details of the contract, which is expected to be signed soon as the player has completed his medical.
‘‘Two Thailand league teams showed interest in Kyaw Ko Ko. He chose Chiangrai United,’’ Yangon Untied media officer Myo Myint Thaung told The Myanmar Times.
This is not the first time Kyaw Ko Ko has received offers from foreign clubs. Last year teams playing the Malaysian league came up with offers, but Kyaw Ko Ko was not interested. This time however, he decided to move to Thailand.
Chiangrai United placed fourth last season in the recently concluded Thailand’s domestic league which comprises 18 teams. As such the club has progressed to the qualification round of 2018 AFC champions league.
KyawKo Ko, 24, has been a star striker for Yangon United and the national team. He has played for Yangon United since 2013 and has 120 caps with the club for whom he has scored 49 goals. Before Yangon United, he played for Zeyar Shwe Myay FC from 2010-13.
Kyaw Ko Ko came to prominence with the national U-23 team that won the bronze medal at the 2011 SEA Games. He has been part of the national team since 2010 and he has scored 13 goals in his 48 national appearances.
“Kyaw Ko Ko is our key player but we were accepted the transfer offer. If he plays in the Thai league, he will gain more experience than by staying here. That experience could come in handy for us and our national team,” Myo Myin Thaung added.
Yangon United now needs to find replacements for Kyaw Ko Ko as it prepares for the next season, and to that end it has signed Chin Untied striker Suan Lam Mang and Hantharwady United winger Maung Maung Lwin. In the meantime, it is also on the lookout for foreign strikers.
Kyaw Ko Ko.