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Myanmar Football Team rewarded with S$68,250 bonus for beating Singapore Team at SEA games




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The Myanmar Under-22 football team is believed to have received a US$50,000 or S$68,250 bonus after winning the SEA Games opener against Singapore’s Young Lions on Monday.

The team which won a victory of 2-0 was rewarded handsomely by KBZ Bank, which gave the team US$30,000, and Myanmar Football Federation president U Zaw Zaw and former Yangon United chairman U Tay Za who contributed US$10,000 each.

The practice of rewarding teams or players with bonuses is not uncommon, according to former Singapore national coach P N Sivaji, who is now technical director of Myanmar National League side Hanthawaddy United. He said that there are “quite a few” patrons and well-wishers who come forward willingly to support and reward the teams.

The Young Lions, themselves, were reportedly offered $2000 each to beat Myanmar at the opener. The national team, which was expected to be offered a bigger bonus in their second match, has since lost 1-2 to Malaysia in last night’s game and needs to win big in their upcoming matches against Laos and Brunei.

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Malaysia’s victory against Singapore was its second straight win in the SEA Games this year while Myanmar celebrated a 3-1 victory against Laos yesterday.

It looks unlikely, at this point, that the Lions will move forward to the semi-finals unless Myanmar or Malaysia lose their remaining matches.



Meanwhile, the Sultan of Johor gave RM4 million or S$1.27m to the Football Association of Malaysia last month when the Association’s Under-22 side qualified for the AFC U-23 Championship for the first time. The players, who were initially promised RM6000, may look forward to a bigger cash bonus as they rack up victories.

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