SEA Games men’s football tourney kicks off on 6 May

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Myanmar men’s football team follows the coach’s strategic training in Viet Nam ahead of the SEA Games.  PHOTO: MFF

The 31st SEA Games men’s national football tournament to be hosted by Viet Nam will be launched on 6 May, according to the SEA Games Organizing Committee.
The men’s football tournament will feature all 10 Southeast Asian countries except Brunei and will be divided into two groups of five.
Defending champion and host Viet Nam is placed in Group A with Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste, while Thailand is falling in Group B with Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Cambodia.
Group matches will be played from 6 to 16 May, starting with Group A matches involving host Viet Nam. The Philippines will take on Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam will play against Indonesia in the openers on 6 May.
Myanmar will play the first match of the group on 8 May against Timor-Leste. Team Myanmar will take on the Philippines on 10 May, Viet Nam on 13 May and Indonesia on 15 May.
“The matches against Vietnam and Indonesia could be decisive for the semi-finals,” Myanmar Football Federation officials said.
Team Myanmar is the first team to arrive in Viet Nam for the SEA Games and has been taking training with a full range of players since 3 May.
The SEA Games National Football Tournament will be held from 6 to 22 May. — Ko Nyi Lay/GNLM

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