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Myanmar to Struggle to Defend ASEAN Championship Women Soccer Title
    2008-10-03 19:14:41     Xinhua
It will be very difficult for Myanmar to defend title in the upcoming the Fourth Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Championship women's soccer tournament, according to official newspaper The Myanma Alin on Friday.

Myanmar, ranking 43th in world and ninth in Asia, comprise 12 players from the 2007 edition's title holding team.

At Than Long Sports Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam next week, one more arch rival Australia, ranking 14th in the world and fourth in Asia, is included in the event.

Other strong opponents include Thailand, 35th in world and eighth in Asia, and Vietnam, 32nd in world and sixth in Asia, the paper said.

The Fourth ASEAN Championship women's soccer tournament will become more high-standard event than the previous editions as Australia, a new member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), make its debut in the competition, it stressed.

The 2008 ASEAN Championship women's soccer tournament, slated for Oct. 8-20, will feature nine teams -- eight teams from the ASEAN and newcomer Australia.

The Myanmar national women soccer team, which is the most successful team in the ASEAN Championship tournaments with winning two editions out of three, has been drawn in Group A together with Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and host Vietnam, while Group B sees Australia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.


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