Hey takes up Myanmar role

  • Myanmar appoint new coach in Antoine Hey

  • Southeast Asians opened Qatar 2022 campaign with three defeats

  • Montenegrin Miodrag Radulovic exits after brief tenure

Myanmar will have a new coach for next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ qualifiers with Antoine Hey assuming the reins following the departure of Miodrag Radulovic.

It will be a second stint in the role for Hey, with the 49-year-old German having a brief spell with the southeast Asians during 2018. He has previously coached extensively in Africa, leading the national teams of Lesotho, Gambia, Liberia, Kenya and Rwanda.

Radulovic’s tenure lasted just six months, having previously helped Lebanon secure maiden 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification.

Myanmar opened their Qatar 2022 campaign – just their fourth attempt to qualify for the World Cup – with three straight defeats. Narrow losses against Mongolia (1-0) and Japan (2-0) were followed by a crushing 7-0 loss against Kyrgyz Republic a fortnight ago.

Myanmar will seek to put their qualification ambitions back on track next month with home matches in Mandalay against Tajikistan and Mongolia.

Football in Myanmar has reached new levels of success in recent years having featured in the semi-finals of the 2016 AFF Championship and enjoyed a maiden appearance in a FIFA tournament at the 2015 U-20 World Cup.