Grapevine says that Shwe Yoe (Scott, author and teacher) introduced soccer [football] to Diocesan Boys High School.

BAA (Burma Athletic Association) stadium (aka Aung San Stadium) hosted the First Division matches. There was (a) League Championship (b) Dunlop Knock Out Tournament … For several years, Rangoon University First Eleven competed as a First Division team.

Saya Nyein (Diocesan Alumni) was RU Coach. U Than Win (Captain of RU football) studied in the US and served as a Director of SPED (Sports and Physical Education Department) or equivalent. His spouse retired as Professor of Botany Department, RU.

Some early players include U Chan Tha (Past Captain of RUBC & Captain of the Prome Hall team [mostly engineers]), U Tun Kyi (engineer), Collegian Nay Win (Academy winner), U Kenneth Shein (father of Ma Pale Shein (ex-UCC)), Dr. Tint Lwin (spouse of Ko Myint Sein (M69)’s elder sister), …

U Chan Tha’s team won the Inter-Hall Soccer Trophy for three consecutive years. Saya U Tin Swe (EE53, GBNF) was a star player.

Saya U Myo Myint Sein (A58) was a well-known soccer player.

Ko Kyaw Sint (Edward, T70) was among the preliminary members for Burma Selected, when his career was cut short by a “vicious tackle” by Tin Han.

Ko Kyaw Htin (C67), Ko Soe Myint Lwin (EP68, GBNF) … played for [youth and/or senior] National Soccer Teams. James Tint and John Tint were notable soccer players in High School and University.

Ko Khin Maung Lay (T68), Ko Myo Nyunt (C69), Ko Myint Sein (Jabu), Ko Khin Maung Lay (Mutu), Sai Thein Maung … are some who represented RIT in soccer. U Maung Maung (Burma) was RIT Sports Officer.

At one time, the RU Sports Council conferred Blue and Half Blue to eligible students who excel in sports.

In our days, Saya U Maung Maung Than (T, GBNF) chaired the RIT Sports Committee. Certificates were presented to the RIT sportsmen and sportswomen at the Annual gathering.

Many people in Myanmar follow the World Cup, Premium League, European Cup … in addition to the soccer tournaments (Asian Games, SEA Games, …) in which Myanmar compete.

On a side note, some people remember “U Thant”, and the once “powerful soccer nation in SE Asia (and beyond)” when they hear the name “Burma”.

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