Based on a report by aseanfootball.org, the Dutch coach Vic Hermans has officially been appointed to take charge of the Myanmar futsal team.
This marks Hermans’ third time being head coach of a national futsal team of a Southeast Asian (Asean) country, after previously in charge of Indonesia and Thailand. Given his experiences and the state of Myanmar futsal, will Vic Hermans bring positive changes to the Myanmar team?
A look at the results of the Myanmar team in 2019, shows that the team, which was previously coached by Htay Mint for six years, had played three friendly matches in September before the AFF Cup kicked off in October 2019.
It did not record a single victory and came out defeated in the matches against China, Mexico, and Malaysia.
It is also interesting to look at the track record of Myanmar in the AFF Futsal Cup (Asean Futsal Championship), particularly in the past four years.
In the 2016 AFF Futsal Cup, Myo Myint Soe and company finished as runners-up after they were beaten by Thailand 8-1 in the final. This is the best achievement by the Myanmar in the AFF Futsal Cup since the tournament started in 2001.
In 2017, the country, formerly known as Burma, experienced a slight drop in form and only managed to finish in third place.
However, there is one thing that worthy of note in the 2017 AFF Futsal Cup. The tournament saw Myanmar beat Indonesia in a tight game that ended in a 3-2 score line. At the time, Indonesia’s head coach was the man himself – Vic Hermans.
In 2018 Futsal AFF, Myanmar failed to qualify for the semi-final and only played in the group stages. In last year’s competition, Myanmar again showed a positive trend. They progressed through to the last four but failed to reach the final. In the third-place play off, they were unlucky to lose to Indonesia 4-3.
Its record in the last four years suggest that Myanmar is not a team to be underestimated, at least at the Southeast Asian level, where they are pitted against the likes of Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. Of the four AFF campaigns, they only failed to progress to the semifinal once.
Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) took the right step by bringing in Vic Hermans who has a wealth of experience guiding futsal teams in the Asian continent.
Htay Mint, Hermans’ predecessor has more than played his part in building Myanmar’s reputation in the futsal world, by developing them slowly but surely over a span of six years.
Vic’s is seen as the most appropriate solution to lift Myanmar to the next level.
On average, Myanmar’s current crop of players are aged between 21 and 30 years old. As he has done with his previous team, Herman will most likely be looking to source a number of young players around the age 19 to bring energy and freshness to the team.
Given his track record, it would not be a surprise if Vic Hermans managed to transform Myanmar into a stronger force that would disrupt the domination of countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
This would bring some new dynamics to the Southeast Asian futsal competition and make outcomes of tournaments like the AFF a bit more difficult to predict. We shall see!
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