The hosts will look to begin their quest to qualify for the 2014 tournament when they take on the less-fancied Guam.....
Min Tun, Lwin, Zaw Oo;
Than Win,Kyaw, Htan, Moe;Lin, Piang, Thu
Guy, Cunliffe, Romero, Atalig
The qualifiers for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup are all set to begin tomorrow and India have been paired with Myanmar, Guam and Chinese Tapei in Group A. While the Indians will open their campaign when they take on Chinese Taipei, the hosts Myanmar will be up against Guam.
Myanmar, who are one of the favourites to progress from this group, considering that they are playing at home, face a comparatively easy fixture against Guam in their first game. With Kyi Lin, they have a promising youngster who will look to use his pace to cause damage to the porous Guam defense. Coach Park Sung Hwa, who has won tournaments at continental levels including his AFC Champions League triumphs with Pohang Steelers in 1997 and 98, brings a winning mentality to the side.
Although not on a good run, Myanmar will be expected to stamp their authority on relative minnows Guam ,as they would look to begin their campaign on a winning note.
|Myanmar in training before facing Guam|
Guam, on the other hand will depend on star man Ryan Guy to provide width and stretch the play. Although he was close to being called up by the national side of USA, he has chosen the country of his parents’ birth and would need to be at the top of his game, if Guam have to take anything from this encounter.
Coach Gary White will look to get something off this game to get his side up and running, even though they are rank outsiders for progressing to the next stages. Having won just thrice since taking over this Guam side 2 years ago, his side will need a concerted team effort to get out of this group.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
The coach Park Sung-Hwa has left prodigy Kyaw Ko Ko out of his squad for the qualifiers on disciplinary grounds.
- Myanmar's recent form hasn't been great which has seen them lose by a 0-1 scoreline to Philippines despite dominating a sizeable portion of the match and a scoreless draw against Malaysia Under-23.
- Guam Football Association (GFA), had a registered list of just 600 adult players and 1600 children,with the total population of the country being just 1,80,00.
- Guam were soundly thumped 19-0 and 15-0 in the qualifiers by Iran and Tajikistan respectively in the 2002 World Cup qualififiers.
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