YANGON (17 Oct 2012) – Despite not dropping a game in the qualifying round of the AFF Suzuki Cup which ended last week, Myanmar chief coach Park Sung Hwa feels that his team is still not ready for the final round of the meet next month.
Myanmar grabbed the top spot in the qualifiers to be placed in Group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup where they will be up against Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines in Bangkok.
The first match day of Group A will begin on 24 November.
“We are still not ready,” said Sung Hwa. “Don’t think that just because we have qualified into the next round that we are ready. There is still a lot of work to be done.
“Sure the team has made improvements in the way they played but we need to get better and in the next month, we have to make the right improvement.”
While the team might just have conceded just one goal throughout their campaign, it is the frontline which will have to be tweaked. Sung Hwa admitted that he will be bringing in new strikers once the team regroup for the final phase of training.
“We need new strikers as for the qualifiers, we played with the midfield as an attacking option,” added Sung Hwa.
The option to use Kyi Lin as an attacking midfielder paid off but the absence of Kyaw Ko Ko was felt. Ko Ko will not be available for the next two months due to a swollen nerve near his Achilles’ heel.