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Women’s team apologises for missing chance at first-place finish

The Burmese women's football team poses after winning third place in the 2016 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship on 4 August 2016. (Photo: Myanmar Football Federation)

The Burma women’s national football team apologised to their fans on Thursday for missing a chance to win first place in the 2016 ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship.

The team’s captain, Khin Malar Htun, said they played their best in the semi-final match against Vietnam on Tuesday, but the outcome was not in their favour.

“We tried our best in the match from the moment it kicked off — we were able to develop a decent playing style in the previous matches, including the one with Australia. Our performance in the first half of the semi-final wasn’t superb, but we did our best in the second half to take the lead. But the outcome was not what we expected,” said Khin Malar Htun.

“I missed the penalty shootout myself. We did try our best but fell short on fulfilling the wish of our fans and we would like to apologise for that.”

Midfielder Win Theingi Tun said it was an unfortunate outcome.

“We were aiming for the championship title and were able to maintain posture throughout the game. We also did our best in the penalty shootout,” she said. “It was unfortunate that we missed the victory.”

“I’m sad that we lost in the penalty shootout. I feel sorry for the fans every time I think about it. We really wanted to make it to the finals and would like to apologise to our fans for missing the chance.”

The Burmese team’s 3-2 lead late in the game was equalised by a penalty kick by Vietnam that forced the match into overtime. Vietnam ultimately prevailed after winning a penalty shootout to break the tie.

Referring to the penalty that turned the game against the team, coach Roger Reuners said, “Our players need to take care in details.”

Speaking on Thursday after the team’s 1-0 victory over the Australian Under-20 team won it third place in the competition, Reuners congratulated the Burmese players on their successful transition from defence to attack, which he had identified as the problem in the earlier game.

“We had a few more chances to score today. I was happy with the way the girls played,” he said of the game on Thursday.

“I said at after the last game that their transition from defence to attack was important and they did this well today. Our defence was strong. We did not lose any matches here, so I’m happy.”