Myanmar’s draw with Nepal leaves FIFA points in limbo

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Myanmar team Captain Maung Maung Lwin (red) passes the ball over a Nepalese player during their FIFA friendly match at Thuwunna Stadium on 8 September 2023. PHOTO: Thaw Gyi

Myanmar men’s national football team failed to collect valuable FIFA points following a scoreless tie against the Nepal team in the FIFA international friendly match played at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon yesterday.
Myanmar squad tried to get a good result in the friendly match, but due to the weak skill and technique, a draw was the only thing they deserved.
The Nepalese team was able to respond the best to the Myanmar team but failed to convert the opportunities to score in the second half, including the penalty kick, so they missed out on the win.
In the first half, the Myanmar team had a closer chance to score, but Than Paing and Aung Thu were unable to capitalize on it.
In the second half, team Nepal pressed again and had more opportunities. In the 58 minute, the Nepalese team had a penalty kick, but Bistar’s kick was saved by Myanmar goalkeeper Kyaw Zin Phyo.
After 60 minutes, the Myanmar team’s performance dropped significantly. Myanmar’s forward did not work as expected as the head coach did not replace the players that should have been substituted. Both sides had to settle for 0-0 at the final whistle.
The two teams will meet again on 11 September at the same venue for their second friendly match recognized by FIFA. — Ko Nyi Lay/KZL

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