10 Feb Myanmar to face USA and hosts New Zealand in U20 World Cup

Written by Matt Roebuck Published in Sport Read 6731 times
Photo: FIFA.com
Photo: FIFA.com

Myanmar will face hosts New Zealand, Ukraine and the United States in Group A of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015, after the draw for the opening stages of the competition took place in Auckland on February 10.

Myanmar will make their debut in the FIFA Under 20 World Cup on May 30 against the United States the at Northland Events Centre in Whangarei.

"Several of the players who have starred in previous FIFA U-20 World Cups played at last year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil, such as James Rodriguez and Paul Pogba," said FIFA Vice-President Jeffrey Webb, who is also Chairman of the tournament's Organising Committee.

Myanmar qualified for the tournament by reaching the final four of the Asian Football Confederation’s Under 19 Championship that was hosted in the country back in October.

Myanmar’s squad have been preparing for the tournament over the last month with a tour of Turkey and a 4-1 drubbing of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Under 20 side, a club that has provided much of Ukraine’s talent for their national side.

The Young White Angels will now host fellow Asian qualifiers Uzbekistan and fellow first time World Cup qualifiers Fiji in Mandalay for a triangular tournament played February 17 to 20.

Myanmar’s second game will be against Ukraine on June 2 at the same venue before they travel to the Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington for the final showdown against the tournament hosts.

Participation in the tournament returns Myanmar youth football to a position is has not seen since the ‘60s and early ‘70s, a period the country’s fans describe as the ‘Golden Age’, when the White Angels won AFC Youth Championships and qualified for the 1972 Munich Olympics.