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Myanmar win Merdeka Cup

30 August 2006 11:47

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (SW) - Myanmar, formerly the South East Asian country of Burma, cause a huge upset by winning the Merdeka Cup tournament held at the Shar Alam Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This was the thirty eighth time that this annual tournament has been held. It is contested to mark Malaysia’s National Day which is celebrated on the 31st of August.

Myanmar reached the final by beating the hosts 2 – 1 in their final preliminary match, the same score with which they accounted for Indonesia in the final.

The remaining team in the tournament was Thailand. Of the four teams that participated Myanmar had the lowest FIFA ranking, namely one hundred and sixty fourth.

All the goals were scored in the final third of the match. Thu Ra scored for the winners in the sixty first minute with a thunderous shot that crashed into the top right hand corner of the next.

The lead was doubled with only five minutes left on the clock when Soe Myan Min headed home. By the time that Zaena Arif had pulled one back for Indonesia the game, with just three minutes left, had already been won.

Myanmar (Burma) have won the title on three previous occasions, the first of which was in 1964. They followed it up with further wins in 1967 and 1971.

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