New Delhi – In a landmark development in the history of Burmese football, the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) will soon have a Football Academy to promote soccer skills of the youth – both girls and boys – in Burma’s second largest city, Mandalay.
The Academy, which has been under construction since 2006 with an aid of USD 1 million from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) under its Goal project, will be inaugurated by late 2008 or early 2009, the MFF spokesperson told Mizzima.
The spokesperson, who did not want to be named, said the Academy, which will have football fields, school buildings and hostels for youths, will be reviewed by the FIFA in November before it can be inaugurated.
“The academy is being built in Mandalay so as to attract youths from all parts of the country,” said the spokesperson, adding that it was earlier planned to be built in Burma’s former capital Rangoon.
The Academy, which is the first ever in Burma, will operate as a training school and players will be later marketed to regional as well as international clubs, the spokesperson said.
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