Myanmar’s debut preliminary campaign did not come until eight years ago, when they were thrashed 11-0 by China in the first round of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifying. Progress was made on the road to Brazil 2014, though, as the White Angels edged Mongolia 2-1 over two legs to reach the second round.
Myanmar boast one of the youngest squads in Asia's qualifying, with eleven U-23 players. The most notable is striker Kyaw Ko Ko, who scored twice as Myanmar stunned hosts Maldives 3-2 in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. Also among the players to watch is midfielder Kyaw Zayar Win, who boasts previous overseas experience following a short spell with Malaysia's Perak FA.
Myanmar will look to Radojko Avramovic's vast coaching experience as they aim to make a fresh breakthrough. The 65-year-old Serbian has spent the past two decades managing a series of Asian teams. He is known for leading Singapore to glory in the regional AFF Championship three times during his nine-year tenure in charge.
1 - Despite losing 1-0 away in Mongolia, Myanmar bounced back to defeat the same opponents 2-0 at home for their only qualifying victory thus far.
The former stars
Maung Hla Htay, Suk Bahadur, Aung Khi