U-22 Asian Cup Qualification: Myanmar Age Fraud

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The AFC U-22 Asian Cup tournament only allows players below the age of 22 to be fielded. According to the rules, players born before 1 January 1991 are not eligible to compete in the tournament.

Myanmar however fielded at least two overage players, including the team captain, Kyaw Zayar Win:

(Click to enlarge) Date of birth on October 1988 means the age of the player is 23 years old.


(Click to enlarge) Date of birth on November 1987 means the age of the player is 24 years old.


Heavy favourites South Korea’s 0-0 draw with Myanmar, which is also the host for the Group G qualification, should have raised red flags for AFC.

If Malaysia, who lost 2-1 against Myanmar, was allowed to bring 2 overage players to the tournament, they could have brought players such as:

1. 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup winner Norshahrul Idlan Talaha to partner with 20 year old Rozaimi Abdul Rahman in attack.
2. Senior national team defender Aidil Zafuan Radzak to partner with 21 year old Mohd. Fadhli Shas in central defence.

What is more shocking is that based on documents submitted to the organisers of the 2012 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy [Brunei Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) in collaboration with the Asean Football Federation (AFF)], a regional under 21 football tournament which ended March this year, Myanmar’s captain Kyaw Zayar Win has a different date of birth than what is submitted to FIFA:

(Click to enlarge) Myanmar captain, Kyaw Zayar Win submitted a different birth date to the organisers of Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy than what is recorded by FIFA.


Conflicting birth dates submitted by the same player in previous tournaments had been used by FIFA before as a reason to ban a team from participating in it’s competitions:

Fifa banned Nigeria from all international fixtures for two years after finding that the birth dates of three of their players in the 1988 Olympics were different from ones used by the same players in previous tournaments.

The Observer


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