Jagatic: Watch out for Myanmar in two years - we are coming
Myanmar may have been eliminated from the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup after a 6-0 loss to Thailand across two legs but assistant coach Miroslav Jagatic has promised that his charges will come back stronger from the experience.
The White Angels went into the semi-final second leg in Bangkok knowing that they had a mountain to climb following a 2-0 loss in Yangon but found themselves on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline.
Despite the heavy loss, the young Myanmar side can hold their heads high after matching their previous best showing in the competition.
"Congratulations to Thailand for winning the game," said Jagatic. "For all of us, in our team, the result was too big; four goals is too high.
"Some situations were difficult for us. We knew that Thailand is a strong team, dangerous in the last third, but we had our chances too we just didn't score them, and that's still a problem.
"Nevertheless a 4-0 loss is really too high. We are very disappointed because we had a good preparation and good support from the people in Myanmar. But football is not always fair."
While the gulf in quality was apparent against defending champions Thailand, Jagatic was at pains to highlight the many young and promising players that Myanmar had brought to the competition this year – including six members from the side that had gone to the U-20 World Cup in 2015.
"The average in our team today was 21 and with six players around 20 years old," he said. "In two years time you will see us back and not making the same mistakes.
"This tournament has been a good experience for them. We can be proud of our young team in Myanmar. They are the future. If we get more experience, you will see, we are coming."