| YANGON (28 Oct 2008) – The charity match between the Myanmar national side against a team of retired Brazilian footballers on the weekend raised USD 6,400 for the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
The visiting Brazilians, including several well-known retired players such as 1994 World Cup star Paulo Sergio, won the match 4-0.
The team of retired Brazilian football players then head for Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta to visit victims of Cyclone Nargis.
They are also scheduled to visit Kyugyangon and Prapon – two districts that were hard-hit by Nargis, which swept over Myanmar’s southern delta region on 2-3 May 2008 leaving about 140,000 people dead or missing.
“We are aware of what happened in this country. We are here sacrificing our time and bodies to help,” said Marcos Grava, the team manager.
“I’m very glad for their arrival here especially when our people are in difficulty. They came from very far away, I really thank them,” said U Zaw Zaw, the president of the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF).