Myanmar team withdraw from ASEAN U-23 due to COVID-19 situation

The Myanmar U-23 squad seen at their training section before conducting the COVID-19 test.  PHOTO: MFF

The Myanmar U-23 team, which will compete in the 2022 ASEAN U-23 Championship to be held in Cambodia, had to withdraw from the competition due to the situation of COVID-19, according to the Myanmar Football Federation.
The Myanmar team will play against Malaysia on 15 February for the first match of the group stage, PCR and RDT tests were performed on the same day, and some players tested positive.
There were only a handful of fit players and most of the players were suffering from fever, nausea, sore throat, diarrhoea and fatigue.
“If the team is positive in the match against the Malaysian team, the infection can continue to infect coaching staff and event organizers. It can affect the whole race. The Myanmar team inevitably withdrew from the current ASEAN U-23 Championship due to conditions that could worsen the health of the players,” the Myanmar Football Federation officials said.
The MFF said in a statement that ASEAN Football Federation has accepted the resignation.
In the current ASEAN U-23 Championship, the Indonesian team withdrew just before the start of the tournament due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and the Myanmar team next.
Malaysia and Laos teams left in the Group B and Cambodia, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Brunei are included in Group A.
Thailand, Singapore and Viet Nam are placed in Group C.—Ko Nyi Lay/GNLM

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