Myanmar training in Europe ahead of AFF Suzuki Cup

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The national team has arrived in Germany to play a brief series of friendlies against European club teams as they prepare to host the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 in November.

The White Angels left Yangon on September 10 for the six-week trip, which will see them play seven matches against clubs from the Netherlands, Belgium, Cyprus and Italy.

On September 13, the team played against EVV Echt, a Dutch Division-3 club. After battling to a 1-1 draw in what was many of the players’ first international appearance, Myanmar head coach Gerd Zeise said that the experience – and not the scores – mattered most.

“We’ll play around seven matches during this trip, but we aren’t concerned with the results,” Zeise said. “We may lose. We may draw. We might even win – but our goal is to get more international experience from these matches. I hope our form improves.

“European teams are better than Asian teams, and stronger as well,” he said. “So we’ll get more benefit for our guys. I also think the Europe trip will help improve our players’ self-confidence.”

Today, Myanmar will play Koninklijke Berchem (Belgium Division-3), with another game on September 22 against Roda JC Jerkrade U-23 (Netherlands Division-1). Next week, they face VVV-Venlo (Netherlands Division-2) on September 26 and Patro Eisden (Belgium Division-2) on September 28.

Via: Myanmar Times