Cerezo Osaka face Myanmar in friendly

The Japanese side will face the Myanmar national side in June to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries
Japan’s Cerezo Osaka will play Myanmar’s national team next month in a charity match organised by the Nippon Foundation and the Myanmar Football Association.

Held in celebration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Myanmar and Japan, the Yanmar Cup will take place on June 28 at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.

Cerezo, who reached the Round of 16 in the AFC Champions League, will conduct a week-long camp in Myanmar.

Their opponents, currently placed 173rd in the Fifa World Rankings, hope to qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup via this year’s AFC Challenge Cup, which begins on Monday in the Maldives. They are also scheduled to participate in the AFF Suzuki Cup qualifiers in October.

The friendly is part of continued efforts by the Nippon Foundation, a non-profit charity whose projects within the South East Asian nation include the construction of over 100 schools, to increase athletic participation and youth education inside the country.

Cerezo Osaka, whose players include Uruguay veteran Diego Forlan and Japan international Yoichiro Kakitani, are in 10th place heading into the 14th round of the J-League.