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Lower Myanmar’s Top Teams Compete for Regional Glory at MPT University Football Tournament 2018

22 May 2018

(Yangon, 21st May 2018) Lower Myanmar’s best student football teams are converging on University Stadium (Thatone Road), Yangon to compete at the prestigious MPT University Football Tournament 2018, and be crowned regional champions. The tournament which kicked off on 20 May, features eight men’s and six women’s university-level teams showcasing their skills and talents as they play out exciting group and knockout matches in their respective categories.

The men’s’ teams include participation from Yangon, East Yangon, West Yangon, Dagon, Sittwe, Mawlamyaing, Pyay and Pathein. The women’s groups will see teams from Dagon, Yangon, East Yangon, West Yangon, Mawlamyaing and Pathein. The teams will be split into two groups per category and play in a round-robin format from which the top two teams from each male and female group will progress to the semi-finals. At the completion of the semi-finals, the grand-final women’s and men’s matches will be held on 30 May and 31 May respectively.

MPT will support in parallel to organise an Upper Myanmar Zone university tournament in the same fashion. From the matches of respective regions, the top teams from both regions will then face each other for national-level honours.

“This year’s MPT University Football Tournament is now in full swing with the best university teams in Lower Myanmar all determined to come out on top as regional champions. Football as a sport enjoys a passionate following amongst the country’s youth and through the tournament, we are supporting the development of game and driving the message of maintaining healthy lifestyles through sport. We are really looking forward to the intense and keenly contested matches, with all the universities’ supporters roaring their players forward to victory, on the road to the national finals in Yangon!” said Mr. Reizo Umeda, Chief Commercial Officer for MPT-KSGM Joint Operations.

MPT, Myanmar’s first and leading telecommunication services operator, is collaborating with the MNL to promote the long-term growth of the sport and cultivating a new generation of talented football players for the country. Backed by the Ministry of Education, MPT is organizing the University Tournament to raise youth participation whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle through football. Also a part of the initiative’s focus is to encourage female participation to grow the number of female athletes participating in traditionally male-dominated sports, especially football.

“We have always been continuously supportive of the football players from universities or colleges of Myanmar National League and Myanmar Football Federation. We will now be able to organize more comprehensive matches in the world of university tournament, with the incredible support of our 3-year partner, MPT whom we have collaborated with us since this year. This is among one of the agreements between MPT and MNL and will organize Grassroots and U-14 matches in the future. The aim of this collaboration is to produce qualified players for the Myanmar championship team and will contribute to the growth of university tournament standards. On behalf of all, I am grateful for MPT’s support towards university football players,” said U Soe Moe Kyaw, CEO of Myanmar National League.

“It is pleasing to see the enthusiastic participation of all the universities and their student teams in this compelling competition. Sport is an amazing way to help engage the youth in our country and inculcate values of self‐discipline, sportsmanship, leadership and of course living healthily. Through initiatives such as the MPT University Football Tournament, we want to see even more young people involved in sports as they stand to gain many benefits and maybe even go on to represent Myanmar in the international arena. We would like to thank MPT for organizing this nationwide tournament and to the eager team players and coaches, all the best!” said Dr. Tin Maung Hla, Chairman of the Universities’ Football Sub-Committee and Rector for the Yangon University of Distance Education.

The tournament also aims to foster football talents in preparation for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN University Games, which Myanmar is hosting. In-line with fair-play principles, all of the tournament’s fixtures will be conducted with rules laid down for international games to ensure the safety of players even in competitive matches.
Below is the official match schedule:

MPT – University Football Tournament 2018

MENS’ MATCHES
NoDateHomeVSAwayVenueResultsKick -Off
120.5.2018Yangon ZoneVsDagon ZoneUniversity:8:00
220.5.2018West Yangon ZoneVsMawlamyine ZoneUniversity:16:00
321.5.2018Sittway ZoneVsPathein ZoneUniversity:8:00
421.5.2018Pyay ZoneVsEast Yangon ZoneUniversity:15:30
522.5.2018Dagon ZoneVsWest Yangon ZoneUniversity:8:00
622.5.2018Mawlamyine ZoneVsYangon ZoneUniversity:15:30
723.5.2018Pathein ZoneVsPyay ZoneUniversity:8:00
823.5.2018East Yangon ZoneVsSittway ZoneUniversity:15:30
925.5.2018Yangon ZoneVsWest Yangon ZoneUniversity:15:30
1025.5.2018Mawlamyine ZoneVsDagon ZonePadonmar:15:30
1126.5.2018Sittway ZoneVsPyay ZoneUniversity:15:30
1226.5.2018East Yangon ZoneVsPathein ZonePadonmar:15:30
Rest Day
Semi Final
1329.5.2018 Group B 1StVs Group A 2nd University:15:00
1429.5.2018Group A 1StVsGroup B 2ndPadonmar:15:00
3rd Place
1531.5.2018 Match(13)LoserVs Match(14)LoserUniversity:8:00
Final Match
1631.5.2018Match(13)WinnerVsMatch(14)WinnerUniversity:15:00

 

WOMEN’S MATCHES
NoDateHomeVSAwayVenueResultsKick -Off
121.5.2018Dagon ZoneVsWest Yangon ZonePadonmar:8:00
221.5.2018Pathein ZoneVsYangon ZonePadonmar:15:30
323.5.2018West Yangon ZoneVsMawlamyine ZonePadonmar:8:00
423.5.2018Yangon ZoneVsEast Yangon ZonePadonmar:15:30
526.5.2018Dagon ZoneVsMawlamyine ZoneUniversity:8:00
626.5.2018Pathein ZoneVsEast Yangon ZonePadonmar:8:00
Rest Day
Semi Final
728.5.2018 Group B 1StVs Group A 2nd University:15:00
828.5.2018Group A 1StVsGroup B 2ndPadonmar:15:00
3rd Place
930.5.2018 Match(13)LoserVs Match(14)LoserUniversity:8:00
Final Match
1030.5.2018Match(13)WinnerVsMatch(14)WinnerUniversity:15:00