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Inter Milan in talks with Burmese football federation

Inter Milan fans at their home stadium, the San Siro. (PHOTO: wikicommons)

Representatives of Italian football giants Inter Milan FC are reportedly in Burma this week to discuss developing the game in this country.

According to Burmese state media, the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) will reportedly hold a final set of talks with Inter Milan between 3-7 July following an inaugural trip by the Italians in May.

Ko Zaw Min Htaik, from MFF’s media department, is reported saying that talks will mainly focus around youth programmes and the development of football academies within the country, along with “helping to open Myanmar’s door for foreign teams to come and play here.”

Serie A league side Inter Milan is one of the most successful clubs in Italy, and has a wide following of fans across the world.

Also in soccer news, the Burmese women’s team is preparing to play old rivals Thailand on Saturday.

The match will be a pre-tournament friendly ahead of the 2016 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship, which will be hosted at Mandalay’s Mandalar Thiri Football Stadium from 26 July to 4 August.

Burma’s team captain, Khin Malar Tun, said, “Based on our past experiences with Thailand, we aren’t much different from them. We’ll do our best in the friendly match and try to win.

The two teams faced off in the 2015 AFF final, a nail-biting encounter that eventually saw Thailand prevail 3-2.

The Burmese women will be looking for revenge. Assistant coach Ma Thet said she expects a “painstaking match”, but hopes the passionate Mandalay crowd will give the home team an added boost.

The Burmese women’s squad is now being led by new Dutch coach Roger Reijners.

In this year’s AFF qualifying games, Burma plays in Group A against Malaysia, the Philippines and the Australian under-20s, while Group B will see Thailand competing alongside Singapore, Vietnam and Timor-Leste.