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2013 SAFF Championship

2013 SAFF Championship
2013 SAFF Championship official logo
Tournament details
Host country Nepal
Dates 31 August – 11 September
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Afghanistan (1st title)
Runners-up  India
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 51 (3.4 per match)
Top scorer(s) Ali Ashfaq (10 goals)
Best player Rabin Shrestha
Best goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar

The 2013 South Asian Football Federation Championship, commonly referred to as 2013 SAFF Championship, was the 10th South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The tournament took place from 31 August to 11 September 2013, and was hosted by Nepal for the second time, with the previous being in 1997.[1]

Host selection

Nepal were selected as hosts in September 2012 during the 2012 SAFF Women's Championship in Sri Lanka.[1]

Participating nations

Along with the hosts, the other seven nations from the South Asian region participated in the tournament.[1] India came into the tournament as the reigning champions from the 2011 edition.[1]
Team Appearances
in the SAFF Championship
Previous best performance FIFA Ranking
at start of event
   Nepal 10th Third-Place (1993) 170
 Afghanistan 6th Runners-up (2011) 100
 Bangladesh 9th Champions (2003) 158
 Bhutan 6th Semi-finals (2008) 207
 India 10th Champions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011) 145
 Maldives 8th Champions (2008) 153
 Pakistan 10th Third-Place (1997) 167
 Sri Lanka 10th Champions (1995) 170

Group Draw

The draw ceremony took place on 30 July 2013 at Kathmandu's Soaltee Crowne Plaza was attended by a host of dignitaries including All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Chairman Ganesh Thapa, SAFF President Kazi Salahuddin, Secretary Alberto Colaco and National Sports Council Member-Secretary Yubaraj Lama.[2]

Group A Group B

 Bangladesh
 India
   Nepal
 Pakistan

 Afghanistan
 Bhutan
 Maldives
 Sri Lanka

Venues

Kathmandu Kathmandu
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Halchowk Stadium
Capacity: 25,000[3] Capacity: 3,500

Squads

Match officials

On 22 August 2013, SAFF announced the 15 referees for the tournament.[4]

Referees
Assistant referees

Group stage

SAFF confirmed the groups and schedule on 30 July 2013.[5]

All times listed are Nepali Standard Time.

Key to colors in group tables
Teams that advance to the semi-finals
  • Group winners
  • Group runners-up

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
   Nepal 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 India 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Pakistan 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Bangladesh 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
31 August 2013
18:30
Nepal    2–0  Bangladesh
Gurung Goal 18'
Khawas Goal 31'
Report
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
1 September 2013
18:30
India  1–0  Pakistan
Ishaq Goal 14' (o.g.) Report
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)

3 September 2013
15:30
Bangladesh  1–1  India
Meshu Goal 82' Report Chhetri Goal 90+5'
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (Sri Lanka)
3 September 2013
18:30
Pakistan  1–1    Nepal
Bashir Goal 14' Report Magar Goal 90+2'
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Saleh Al Hethlol (Saudi Arabia)

5 September 2013
15:30
India  1–2    Nepal
Nabi Goal 90+2' Report Gurung Goal 70'
Rai Goal 81'
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)
5 September 2013
15:30
Bangladesh  1–2  Pakistan
Ameli Goal 30' Report Ishaq Goal 36'
Kalim Goal 90+2'
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Saleh Al Hethlol (Saudi Arabia)

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Maldives 3 2 1 0 18 2 +16 7
 Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 6 15 −9 3
 Bhutan 3 0 0 3 4 16 −12 0
2 September 2013
15:30
Afghanistan  3–0  Bhutan
Amiri Goal 37'
Azadzoy Goal 76'
Barakzai Goal 88'
Report
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Sudish Pandey (Nepal)
2 September 2013
18:30
Maldives  10–0  Sri Lanka
Abdulla Goal 5'
Ashfaq Goal 21' (pen.)45+1' (pen.)51'53'58'87'
Adhuham Goal 76'
Fasir Goal 83'
Umar Goal 86'
Report

4 September 2013
15:30
Sri Lanka  1–3  Afghanistan
Fazaluzzaman Goal 36' Report Rafi Goal 62'
Amiri Goal 76'
Barakzai Goal 87'
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Sudish Pandey (Nepal)
4 September 2013
18:30
Bhutan  2–8  Maldives
P. Tshering Goal 25'
C. Gyeltshen Goal 35'
Report Fasir Goal 16'69'
Umair Goal 45+3'
Ashfaq Goal 48'51'76'79'
Umar Goal 82'

6 September 2013
15:30
Afghanistan  0–0  Maldives
Report
6 September 2013
15:30
Sri Lanka  5–2  Bhutan
Izzadeen Goal 19'26'50'90+3'
P. Dorji Goal 32' (o.g.)
Report P. Tshering Goal 45'
Tenzin Goal 58'

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
8 September – Dasarath Rangasala
    Nepal 0  
  Afghanistan 1  
 
11 September – Dasarath Rangasala
      Afghanistan 2
    India 0
9 September – Dasarath Rangasala
  Maldives 0
  India 1  

Semi-finals

8 September 2013
18:30
Nepal    0−1  Afghanistan
Report Ahmadi Goal 11'
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Saleh Al Hethlol (Saudi Arabia)

9 September 2013
18:30
Maldives  0−1  India
Report Mondal Goal 86'
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (Jordan)

Final

11 September 2013
18:30
Afghanistan  2–0  India
Azadzoy Goal 9'
Ahmadi Goal 62'
Report

Winner

 2013 SAFF Championship 

Afghanistan
First title

Awards

The following awards were given for the 2013 SAFF Championship.[6]

FIFA Fair Play Award Hero MotoCorp MVP of host nation Award MVP of the Tournament Golden Boot Award
   Nepal Rabin Shrestha Mansur Faqiryar Ali Ashfaq

Prize money

The prize money given to the top four teams:[7]

Final placing Prize money (US Dollars)
Champions $50,000
Runner-up $25,000
Semi-Finalists $10,000

Goalscorers

23 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

References

  1. ^ a b c d Punnakkattu Daniel, Chris. "Nepal to host the SAFF Championship 2013". Sportskeeda. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kathmandu: SAFF Champ'ship 2013 Draw Held". Goal Nepal. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Championship Venues". SAFF Championship. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "AFC announced officials for SAFF 2013 Championship". CricTurf. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "'"SAFF-2013: Nepal drawn in tough group 'A. The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Afghanistan lift SAFF 2013 trophy". The Himalayan Times. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "About the SAFF Championship". SAFF Championship. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Youtube Channel
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