Hla Min

Soccer

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 were League Championship and 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 (Captain of the Prome Hall Soccer team & Past Captain of RUBC),
  • U Tun Kyi (engineer)
  • Collegian Nay Win (Academy winner)
  • U Kenneth Shein (father of Ma Pale Shein (ex-UCC))

U Chan Tha’s team won the Inter-Hall Soccer Trophy for two 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.

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

Burma Selected (RIT alumni) include

  • Ko Kyaw Htin (C67)
  • Ko Soe Myint Lwin (EP68, GBNF)
  • John Tint (M72, GBNF)

RIT Soccer Selected include

  • Ko Khin Maung Lay (Henry, T68)
  • Ko Myo Nyunt (C69)
  • Ko Myint Sein (Jabu)
  • Ko Khin Maung Lay (Mutu),
  • Sai Thein Maung

Notes

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

U Maung Maung was the Sports Officer at RIT.

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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