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AFC Cup 2020: Substitute Than Paing scores late winner as Yangon United edge Hougang 1-0

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Substitute Than Paing scored with 10 minutes left to play as Yangon United edged Hougang United 1-0 in their third outing of the AFC Cup 2020 at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday.

The Myanmar National League side came out of the blocks flying with the lively Maung Maung Lwin testing Hougang goalkeeper Khairulhin Khalid early on with a long ranger cutting in from the left before Ernest Barfo headed wide from corner in the fifth minute.

Ghanaian forward Barfo produced a save out of Khairulhin again in the 10th minute by turning in a delightful cross from skipper Maung Lwin before Jordan Vestering cleared the lines to avoid damages for the visiting Hougang side.

Barfo then collected a loose ball at the edge of the area in the 22nd minute before firing in a cross to Aung Kyaw Naing whose shot went wide under pressure from Zachary Anderson. Kyaw Naing failed to hit the target again four minutes later arriving in the box unmarked to send an Emmanuel Ikechukwu cross wide.

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Yangon continued to probe for an opener, but failed to find a way past Khairulhin who produced a stunning effort to deny Ikechukwu’s close-range header from a Maung Lwin cross in the dying moments of the first period.

Second half began on the same note with Ernest Congo heading over from a corner kick two minutes in, but a goal continued to remain elusive for the 2019 Aung San Shield winners.

Hougang, who were looking out of their depth at the Thuwunna, had a rare opportunity in the 75th minute when substitute Shawal Anuar got inside the box and cut the ball back to Sahil Suhaimi whose effort was first blocked by the Yangon defence before he headed wide on the follow up.

But the Lions finally broke through with 10 minutes left to play as the impressive Maung Lwin teed up substitute Than Paing who toe-poked it into the back of the net after a touch inside the box.

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With their second win, Yangon now have seven points from three matches while the Cheetahs have three points with just one win, coming against Lao Toyota FC.

YANGON UNITED: Sann Sat Naing, Thein Than Win, Zar Ni Htet, Thu Rein Soe, Ernest Aboubacar Congo, Maung Maung Win, Aung Kyaw Naing (Zin Min Tun 71′), Maung Maung Lwin, Shori Murata (Nyein Chan Aung 79′), Ernest Barfo, Emmanuel Ikechukwu (Than Paing 65′)

HOUGANG UNITED: Khairulhin Khalid, Anders Aplin, Nazrul Nazari, Jordan Vestering (Shawal Anuar 69′), Zachary Anderson, Afiq Noor, Anumanthan Kumar, Shahfiq Ghani, Hafiz Sujad, Sahil Suhaimi, Stipe Plazibat

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UAE’s Ajman Club Signs Cameroonian Striker In Their U-19 Team

Ajman Football Club base in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates, UAE, have boosted their striking options with the signing of Cameroon striker, Lavissa Kiven in their U-19 team.

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Before joining Ajman U-19 Football Club, Lavissa Kiven was at F. Frank Football Academy based in Yaounde.
Speaking to the press, the young striker said, his ambition is work hard to be among the best strikers in the world. According to him, “the only way to succeed is to remain discipline and work hard towards achieving the best.”
According to information obtained from the club, the 19-year-old Lavissa had progressed to play up to four matches with the U-21 side in the same club. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic that led to the suspension of the football season, the young striker was already training with the senior team.

In 14 games so far played in UAE, the attacker who also plays as left and right-winger has scored eight goals already.

Lavissa Kiven joins Cameroon International, Sébastien Clovis Siani who signed for the senior team recently. Sebastien Siani was formerly at Al-Jazira FC, a local rival club in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Only four African Africans are in the senior team.

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Cambodia suspend all football tournaments across country to combat COVID-19

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Cambodia has become the latest country in Southeast Asia to suspend all footballing activities including the 2020 Cambodian League season due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Several countries from ASEAN including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines have suspended their domestic leagues in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while countries like Singapore and Myanmar had decided to play behind closed doors.

Cambodia were the only country to have their domestic league running in full steam in the midst of the global pandemic, but they have now decided to suspend all tournaments until further notice.

“The Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) inform the public that in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the FFC have decided to postpone the 14th Hun Sen Cup, Metfone Cambodian League 2020 and the U-16 National Championship, U-18 National Championship and the delay of the 2020 General Assembly of the Football Federation of Cambodia until further notice,” the FFC said.

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The 2020 season of the Cambodian League has already completed five rounds of matches with Phnom Penh Crown FC leading the table with 13 points. Defending champions Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC also have the same number of points, but are second on goal difference.

The Hun Sen Cup, meanwhile, is the country’s domestic cup competition that is split into two stages. The provincial stage featuring clubs from the lower division was held in February, but the national stage during which the top division clubs were to join the competition now stands suspended.

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Former Myanmar national team captain Yan Aung Kyaw to retire at the end of 2020 season

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Yangon United and Myanmar veteran midfielder Yan Aung Kyaw has announced that he will retire from professional football the end of the 2020 season. 

A former captain of the Myanmar national team, Aung Kyaw made his debut for the Asian Lions in 2011 and has won over 60 international caps for the Southeast Asian nation during his career.

He also won a bronze medal for Myanmar at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games while also winning five domestic league titles and three General Aung San Shields with Yangon, the club he has represented since its formation in 2009 along with the Myanmar National League (MNL).

“I previously spoke about my future and mentioned that I will not play for another MNL club against my team Yangon United and another reason is my age. Although I could play one or two more years, I don’t want to play for another club after my contract with Yangon ends in December,” he told Myanmar Times.

Aung Kyaw also hinted that he will move into coaching after retirement and that Yangon United has offered him the opportunity to work at the club.

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“I want to thank to my team president and all the team’s staff including my teammates. They supported me very well and the team has been very good to me. Of course the fans have also always been supportive,” Aung Kyaw added.

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