Myanmar coach Park: We are aiming for gold

The Korean coach has declared that the hosts will be going all out to win the tournament, but was careful not to take any of their Group B opponents lightly
Myanmar coach Park Seong-Hwa has declared that they are gunning for their first-ever football gold when the country hosts the SEA Games for the third time in their history.

The Korean will attempt to lead his side past Indonesia, Timor Leste, Thailand and Cambodia in Group B when they kick off their campaign later today.

Speaking ahead of their opener against Cambodia at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Park is confident his team can put up a good showing.

"We already started preparations one year ago and we have played many friendly matches," he said.

"Going to Korea and Japan for joint training was such an improvement for our team. There are still some weaknesses in the team but our players will work hard on the pitch."

Former Singapore international Aleksandar Duric has already tipped Myanmar to be one of the favorites due to the vociferous home support, and Park admitted that gold was the target.

"Our aim is gold, that's why we prepared a lot," he declared. "I will try the best for our fans, not only me but also the players and officials."

Park was also quick to warn his team not to take Timor Leste and Cambodia lightly, despite Thailand and Indonesia being the stronger sides in the group.

The 58-year-old former Korean international also touched on his biggest challenge in the country since taking up the job in 2012.

"A big problem is youth development and we should have planning for youth development more than what is now being done," he said.

"Currently, I have to teach basics of football for players who are selected for the national team and that is the worst."

Myanmar's best-ever finish was second place in the 2007 edition.