Myanmar urgently needs foreign coach for national soccer team 2009-01-19 14:26:20   Print

    YANGON, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar will hire a foreign coach as quickly as possible to handle its national soccer team which lack of coach since contract term with its former chief coach Brazilian Marcos Antonio Falopa finished in December 2008, according to the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) Monday.

    The MFF urgently needs a foreign coach to train its coach-lack national soccer team which will enter the 2009 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup tournament in April, and so it will call a foreign coach quickly before the tournament, the MFF said, adding that it will appoint a local coach temporarily if it could not get a foreign one in time.

    Falopa, 59, who firstly arrived here in April 2007 for one-year contract agreed with the MFF and returned to Brazil on leave a few days after the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in December 2007 and arrived here again in June 2008 to coach again the Myanmar national soccer team after reaching agreement with the MFF to extend the contract to re-handle the team.

    The MFF did not extend the contract with Falopa when it expired in December 2008 after the Myanmar national team competed in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Football Federation(AFF) Championship Suzuki Cup soccer tournament and was eliminated from the group stage.

    Brazilian Marcos Antonio Falopa, who is a technical director of the Brazil Coach Football Federation and had worked as a technical director in European, African, Asian and Latin American countries, could make the Myanmar national team triumphing in the six-country Third Grand Royal Challenge Cup 2008 soccer tournament, hosted by Myanmar, in November 2008 and finishing runners-up in both the 39th Merdeka football tournament in Malaysia in August 2007 and the 24th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Thailand in December 2007.

    With a glorious history in Asian soccer, Myanmar's national senior team had won five times ASEAN champions from 1965 to 1973 and claimed the Asian Games title in 1966 and 1970.

Editor: Han Jingjing
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