Striker Kyaw Ko Ko set for Thai league

The Myanmar Times - - Sport - KYAW ZIN HLAING kyawz­[email protected]­

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.

Photo: Yangon Un­tied.

Kyaw Ko Ko.

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