Leeds United are delighted to announce the AYA Bank Tour 2018, featuring two friendly matches in Myanmar against the National Team and the Myanmar National League (MNL) All-Stars.
The fixture schedule will be as follows:
- 9th May 2018 – MNL All Star Team V Leeds United (Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon)
- 11th May 2018 – Myanmar National Team V Leeds United (Mandalar Thiri Stadium, Mandalay)
With the support of AYA Bank, the tour is part of the Aser’s ongoing commitment to partnerships in the region. The matches will be broadcast globally via the LUTV App and locally in Myanmar.
In addition to the friendlies, Leeds United will be running football clinics with the Myanmar Football Federation Academies in Yangon and Mandalay, in which players and coaches will run football and education sessions with children from local communities.
The team will also make visits to the cultural sites; Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, and the Maha Myat Muni Pagoda in Mandalay.
Managing Director Angus Kinnear said:
“Myanmar is one of the fastest growing nations in South East Asia and is passionate about English football. They have ambitious goals for grassroots and elite football development that we are delighted to be able to support. This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years.”
“From a football perspective we welcome the opportunity for our players who have not featured much in the past six months due to injuries the chance to continue their rehabilitation. The squad are very excited for the chance to represent the Club in Asia.”
General Secretary of the Myanmar Football Federation U Ko Ko Thein said:
“We are very pleased to welcome an English club with the history and heritage of Leeds United. The football infrastructure in Myanmar continues to improve and develop, and this is an important milestone on our journey”
“Myanmar is a football-mad country and this tour will help us to showcase our passion for the game at and abroad. I’d like to thank the sponsors of the tour AYA Bank, and of course Leeds United for coming to play here. We wish them very well for the future.”
Myanmar is the fastest growing country in South East Asia with a population of close to 53 million.
The country has developed rapidly across a variety of industries in recent years, but especially in the infrastructure and technology sectors.
More information on our trip to Myanmar will be released in the coming days.