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Burmese university soccer team bests Malaysia 1-0

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Burmese university soccer squad yesterday defeated their Malaysian counterparts, 1-0, in a match at the 15th Asean University Games in northern Thailand’s city of Chiang Mai.

burmese-university-football-squad1But the match, played at the Prince Royal’s College and the second so far contested by the Burmese team, was hard fought, with red cards being shown a player from each squad. The Burmese side was defeated 2-1 by Laos and face Singapore tomorrow.

Deputy Minister of Education Aung Myo Min and a large group of Burmese football fans watched the competition.

Burma is competing in a total of eight sports at the games being held from December 15 to December 23, joining representatives from nine other Asean member countries along with the bloc’s guest, East Timor.

In other football news, The Guardian of London reported last week, citing a WikiLeaks US embassy cable, that Nay Shwe Thway Aung, grandson of junta leader Than Shwe, had in 2008 pressured his grandfather to buy English Premier League club Manchester United. The message said Than Shwe had considered a bid of US$1 billion but had thought such a plan untenable amid international condemnation of the junta’s slowness to act following the devastation of Cyclone Nargis.

The junta leader instead ordered crony businessmen to form a professional football league in Burma. The cable detailed how the regime was thought to be using football to distract its population from the nation’s continuing problems, the report said.

“The mooted price tag for Manchester United was exactly the same as the aid bill to cover the most urgent food, agriculture and housing for the three years after the cyclone, as estimated by international agencies including the UN,” The Guardian reported, quoting the cable. “The proposal revealed that the regime, which is increasingly exploiting its oil and gas reserves, felt confident of finding such a sum.”

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