Can the semi-finalist AFF Cupa win two of his best achievements twice, now that many of their U-20 World Cup members are in the senior squad?
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Can the double semi-finalists Myanmar be better than the best achievements at AFF Championship, and many of them U-20 World Cup members are now in their senior squad? Asian Lions are drawn into Group A.
Now with another German coach, Antoine Hey, Asian leagues are trying to improve their achievements with a rejuvenated line.
In 2014, the Myanmar U-19 team made history until the semi-finals of the 2014 AFC U-19 Championship, which for the next year qualified for the U20 World Cup. In the World Cup final, they lost their all-time group stage, but the generation of players made it more than enough to announce their arrival to the continent and the region of Southeast Asia.
Zeise, who led the same team in the AFC U-19 tournament, the U-20 World Cup, AFF 2016, as well as World Cup 2018 qualifiers and Afghanistan AFC 2019 qualifiers, grew up with them early this year after failing them take to the continental finals. It is now his overwhelming and heir to prove that this generation of Myanmar actually has what it takes to shine at a higher level.
Although under hey did not give promising results, four straight defeats, those losses were at the top; China (1-0), Indonesia (3-0), Bolivia (3-0) and Bahrain (4-1).
In August, Myanmar U-23, who was also the leader of a 48-year-old trainer and who were compiled from the same set of players, could compete against a large number of sides in the group stage of the soccer event in Asian games, only missing on the knockout stage difference in goals.
Myanmar. Photo from INASGOC / Antara
Goalkeepers: Yan Aung Lin, Kyaw Zin Phyo, Pyae Phyo Aung
defenders: Zaw Min Tun, David Htan, Nanda Kyaw, Kyaw Zin Lwin, Phyo Ko Ko Thein, Hein Thiha Zaw, Set Phyo Wai, Win Min Htut
midfielders: Zin Phyo Aung, Maung Maung Lwin, Hlaing Bo Bo, Yan Naing Oo, Myo Ko Tun, Ye Ko Oo, Yan Aung Kyaw (C)
Forward: Kaung Set Naing, Aung Thu, Win Naing Soe, Suan Lam Mang, Than Paing
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48-year-old Antoine Hey has spent more than ten years and a half of training in emerging football countries, mostly at an international level. Prior to Myanmar, he had hundreds in Africa with the national teams of Lesotho, Gambia, Liberia, Kenya and Rwanda. Germany also had a spell as a technical director with Liberia and Bahrain. After leaving Rwanda in January this year, four months later he became the main coach of Myanmar and Myanmar U-23. 2018. The AFF Championship will be his first ever tournament with Asian Lion.
Antoine Hej. Photo from the New Times of Rwanda
Hey prefer to play with four defenders, and the remaining six outfield players are in several variations; sometimes one in front and five middle ground, sometimes three in front and three high school, and even more traditional two attackers and four middle ground. Its side Myanmar U-23 plays intentional football, preferring that the opposition is drawn to a high position only if it passes the ball when a passageway is available. But when they get the ball near the dangerous opposition zone, they will return to eleven, swirling a drowsy, intricate array of passages, and at least forwarding to the criminal area in anticipation of delivery. Hey, the team has limited players with a height, so they avoid crossing the penalty area.
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