TMCC Match 3 Preview: Yangon United FC
Fresh from a 5-2 thrashing of Lao Toyota FC last Sunday, Yangon United FC will attempt to repeat the feat at the lion’s den of Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium on Sunday, as they travel to face Cambodia’s Boeung Ket Angkor FC in the third and final game of the Toyota Mekong Club Championship 2015 round-robin stage.
The club’s newest acquisition, Brazilian forward Adilson Dos Santos Souza, proved his worth on his debut by firing in the game’s opening two goals, momentarily allowing grieving fans to forget the recent departure of his three-time golden boot winning compatriot Cezar Augusto.
Despite the win on Sunday, the loss of creative midfielder Emerson Guara was evident against Lao Toyota. The Yangon side’s midfield lacked thrust and penetration in the middle of the park; the void left by the departure of Emerson. Luckily for the Yangon United fans, both Myanmar national team stars Kyi Lin and Kyaw Ko Ko are in fine form and thrilled the fans from the wings as the duo gave the Lao Toyota full-backs a torrid 90 minutes in their Sunday encounter.
Having also recently appointed a new head coach in Emerson Alcantara, the club are in a sensitive position ahead of such an important tie. However, Coach Emerson was confident his side had the ability to pull off the win.
“I have only been here as head coach for two weeks, but I am impressed with the setup” the Brazilian said. “The more the players become accustomed to my philosophy, there is nothing we cannot overcome. But it is a gradual process” he added.
Yan Aung Kyaw, the club’s mercurial midfielder, was similarly confident of the promising signs that the squad has showed under the guidance of their new head coach. “We have to be strong and continue to train hard. We’ve lost a few players but they will be replaced and I am confident we can win next on Sunday” he said.
Yangon United FC will face Boeung Ket Angkor FC on Sunday, November 29 at 6:30pm at Phnom Penh’s 50,000 capacity National Olympic Stadium. The match will be the final in the three-game round-robin stage of the TMCC. Becamex Bing Duong FC await the victors on December 6 ahead of the grand finale showdown with Thai heavyweights, Buriram United FC at Bangkok’s Supachalasai Stadium on Sunday, December 20.