Yangon United FC are crowned Myanmar National League Champions and will play in TMCC 2015
Yangon United FC received their reward for topping the 2015 Myanmar National League this season after their 6-2 thumping of Chin United on Friday, thereby confirming their berth in the 2015 Toyota Mekong Club Championship.
The club had secured their title with two games to spare after a 1-1 draw with Zeyar Shwe May and had the mere formality of accepting the trophy in their final league match.
Helmed by U Tin Maung Tun, the team won their fourth national league championship at a canter, finishing the season with 54 points from an enviable record of 17 wins in just 22 outings and well ahead of 2014 champions Yadanarbon FC in second-place.
Instrumental to the success of the Yangon-based outfit has been the Brazilian trio of shotstopper Luiz Fernando, midfield maestro Emerson Guara and irrepressible striker Cezar Augusto.
Luiz Fernando, dubbed Luiz the Wall, has proven to be a dependable custodian since joining the club, while Emerson has slotted in neatly into the Yangon United FC midfield providing the creative spark which his compatriot Cezar has thrived upon. The striker, who finished the season with a hefty 28 goals, ending his campaign as MNL top scorer for the third consecutive season since joining the club in 2012.
The 29-year old surpassed the 100-goal mark for the Lions in a 2-0 September win over Kanbawza and more recently slotted an incredible four goals past hapless Chin United on Friday. Yet the striker, in the form of his life, was hungry for more success. “We hope we can have more success and in a major championship. We have a great team, which makes my job as a striker all the more easier.”
Asked to reveal which of the team’s matches was the most vital in their title bid the former-Red Bull Brasil man had no hesitation in choosing the clubs 2-1 win over Ayeyawady United in June. “The most important game was against Ayeyawady United FC. They were our closest rivals and with this win we opened a seven-point gap at the top.”
Meanwhile, Fellow forward Than Htet Aung was thankful to the clubs fans for their support and was adamant the players would make them proud in the upcoming TMCC. “We will do our very best to win the Championship for our fans.” said the 22-year old. “I would like to thank them for their incredible support this season.” He added.
Ayeyawady United competed on behalf of Myanmar in last year’s TMCC and have set the bar high for Yangon United, reaching the final of the inaugural competition. The side lost out 4-1 to Becamex Binh Duong of Vietnam to garner the competitions runner-up spot. Yangon United FC will host Lao Toyota FC in the second game of the TMCC on November 22 in Yangon, Myanmar.