The first round of the MFF Ooredoo Cup drawn at the Myanmar Football Federation in Yangon on March 31 will feature six sides from the country’s second-tier division with top sides Yangon United and Naypyitaw FC not joining the competition until the fourth round.
Myanmar Football Federation [MFF] chairman Zaw Zaw has told Mizzima that he only works as the chairman of the MFF because he loves his country and not because he wants to make money.
“Since the very beginning, I have worked as the MFF chairman not because I want money. I work only because I love my country. The football federation needs to spend several million of US dollars. I have to almost solely contribute my own money to the funding [of the MFF],” said Zaw Zaw.
“MFF only recently got FIFA’s grant and sponsorships. But only about six national selected teams play international football matches a year. If I want to make money, I’ll do other businesses,” said Zaw Zaw.
Zaw Zaw has worked as the chairman of MFF for his second four-year term. His second term will end in December 2013.
He invited any other people who will be capable to improve Myanmar’s football to stand for the MFF chairman election for the next four-year term.
“I want to invite anyone who will be capable to improve Myanmar’s football to contest me in the MFF chairman election to be held in December,” said Zaw Zaw.
MFF general secretary Tin Aung said that since Zaw Zaw began working as the chairman of the MFF, Myanmar’s football sector has achieved better status in the international level and received many opportunities to cooperate with FIFA.
“U Zaw Zaw wants Myanmar’s football sector to improve. Myanmar’s football sector has markedly improved during his tenure. So, even FIFA has to praise it,” said Tin Aung.
“Myanmar could successfully carry out five FIFA Goal Projects. So in the communities of FIFA, Myanmar is known as a country that can successfully complete the projects even before the project was given to Myanmar,” said Tin Aung.
As well as working as MFF chairman Zaw Zaw also works as an executive of the Asian Football Confederation, chairman of the Organizing Committee for AFC Youth Competitions, a member of the ASEAN Football Federation [AFF], a member of the Emergency Committee of the AFF, a member of the Finance and Marketing Committee of AFF and chairman of the Media Committee within the AFF.
Zaw Zaw, the owner of Max Myanmar, is one of wealthiest and most important businessmen in Myanmar.
The Myanmar National League (MNL), Myanmar’s top football tier, only achieved professional status in 2009 and now boasts twelve teams.
Myanmar was banned from taking part in the qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after crowd trouble at a game against Oman back in 2011. The exclusion was later annulled after a successful appeal from the MFF.
But the MFF are now required to play all their home qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup on neutral ground in another country.