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2006 AFC Challenge Cup

2006 AFC Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Host country Bangladesh
Dates 1 April – 16 April
Venue(s) 3 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Tajikistan (1st title)
Runners-up  Sri Lanka
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 82 (2.65 per match)
Attendance 150,150 (4,844 per match)
Top scorer(s) Fahed Attal (8 goals)
Best player Ibrahim Rabimov

The 2006 AFC Challenge Cup was held between April 1 and April 16, 2006 in Bangladesh. Sixteen teams were split into four groups, the top two in each group qualifying for the quarterfinals, and from then on a straight knockout contest. There was no qualification stage. The cup winner was Tajikistan. The fair play award was won by Sri Lanka and Tajikistani Ibrahim Rabimov won the most valuable player award.[1]

Contents

  • Selection of teams 1
  • Hosts and stadia 2
  • Teams 3
  • Squads 4
  • Group stage 5
    • Tie-breaking criteria 5.1
    • Group A 5.2
    • Group B 5.3
    • Group C 5.4
    • Group D 5.5
  • Knockout stage 6
    • Quarter-finals 6.1
    • Semi-finals 6.2
    • Final 6.3
  • Winner 7
  • Awards 8
  • Goalscorers 9
  • Notes 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Selection of teams

The AFC classed seventeen nations as emerging associations, which need time to develop their football.[2] They were selected in August, 2005 to take part. Laos, Mongolia, and Timor-Leste were initially selected to participate, but were later replaced by Bangladesh and India of the developing associations class, reducing the number of participating teams to sixteen.

Replacements

Hosts and stadia

The AFC decided at its annual meeting, that Bangladesh would host the opening ceremony and that Nepal would host the final unless Bangladesh makes it into the last two, in which case it would be held in Dhaka, its capital.[3][4] It was originally planned that the teams in Groups A and B would play their games in Nepal and that teams in Groups C and D would play in Bangladesh, but due to the political unrest that shook Nepal, it was decided that only Bangladesh would host the tournament.[5][6][7][8] The Challenge Cup was originally scheduled to take place between March 26 to April 9, 2006 but was changed to avoid clashes with Bangladesh's Independence Day on March 26.[9] The two stadia that were selected to be used during this tournament were: the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka and the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong. However, the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka was later used to make-up the matches that were abandoned due to heavy rain.

Teams

Some teams did not take part with their 'main' national squad, as noted below:

Squads

Group stage

All times are Bangladesh Standard Time (BST) – UTC+6

Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advance to the quarter-finals

Tie-breaking criteria

Where two or more teams end the group stage with the same number of points, their ranking is determined by the following criteria:

  1. points earned in the matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. goal difference in all group matches;
  5. number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. kicks from the penalty mark (if only two teams are level and they are both on the field of play);
  7. fewer yellow and red cards received in the group matches;
  8. drawing of lots by the organising committee.

Group A

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 India 3 1 2 0 3 1 +2 5
 Chinese Taipei 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Philippines 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
 Afghanistan 3 0 2 1 3 5 −2 2
1 April 2006
15:30
India  2–0  Afghanistan
Vimal  35'60' Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Mahmood Al-Ghatrifi (Oman)
1 April 2006
18:00
Chinese Taipei  1–0  Philippines
Chuang Wei-lun  20' Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

3 April 2006
15:30
Philippines  1–1  India
Valeroso  19' Report Vimal  8'
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Salem Mujghef (Jordan)
3 April 2006
18:00
Afghanistan  2–2  Chinese Taipei
Qadami  20'23' Report Chuang Wei-lun  48'
Liang Chien-wei  73'
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

5 April 2006
15:30
India  0–0  Chinese Taipei
Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ram Krishna Gosh (Bangladesh)
5 April 2006
18:00
Philippines  1–1  Afghanistan
Valeroso  59' Report Maqsood  28'
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Salem Mujghef (Jordan)

Group B

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7
   Nepal 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
 Brunei 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
 Bhutan 3 0 1 2 0 3 −3 1
2 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  1–0  Brunei
Kasun  74' Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Rustam Saidov (Uzbekistan)
2 April 2006
18:00
Nepal    2–0  Bhutan
Pradeep  52'68' Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Ram Krishna Gosh (Bangladesh)

4 April 2006
15:30
Bhutan  0–1  Sri Lanka
Report Karu  45'
4 April 2006
18:00
Brunei  2–1    Nepal
Adie  11'
Riwandi  42'
Report Tashi  60'
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Mahmood Al-Ghatrifi (Oman)

6 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  1–1    Nepal
Izzadeen  19' Report Pradeep  75' (pen.)
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)
6 April 2006
18:00
Bhutan  0–0  Brunei
Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Mahmood Al-Ghatrifi (Oman)

Group C

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Palestine 3 2 1 0 16 1 +15 7
 Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
 Cambodia 3 1 0 2 4 6 −2 3
 Guam 3 0 0 3 0 17 −17 0
1 April 2006
15:30
Palestine  11–0  Guam
Keshkesh  6'
Attal  14'20'25'32'45+1'86'
Atura  22'
Al Amour  39'
Al-Kord  59'67'
Report
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ala Abdul (Iraq)
1 April 2006
18:00
Bangladesh  2–1  Cambodia
Alfaz  31'
Ameli  64'
Report C. Rithy  68'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

3 April 2006
15:30
Cambodia  0–4  Palestine
Report Keshkesh  10'
Al-Sweirki  12'75'
Attal  30'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Ala Abdul (Iraq)
3 April 2006
18:00
Guam  0–3  Bangladesh
Report Ameli  49'
Abul  83'85'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

5 April 2006
15:30
Palestine  1–1  Bangladesh
Attal  30' Report Tapu  55'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Hedayat Mombini (Iran)
6 April 2006
14:00
Cambodia  3–0  Guam
S. Buntheang  37'
Kosal  40'
K. Kumpheak  63'
Report
Bangladesh Army Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 500
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

Group D

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Tajikistan 3 2 0 1 6 1 +5 6
 Kyrgyzstan 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
 Pakistan 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
 Macau 3 0 1 2 2 8 −6 1
2 April 2006
15:30
Tajikistan  4–0  Macau
Mahmudov  9'
Rabiev  13'
Rabimov  56'
Khojaev  77'
Report
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Hedayat Mombini (Iran)
2 April 2006
18:00
Kyrgyzstan  0–1  Pakistan
Report Essa  59'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Tayeb Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)

4 April 2006
15:30
Pakistan  0–2  Tajikistan
Report Hakimov  14'
Irgashev  20'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)
6 April 2006
14:00
Tajikistan  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report Krasnov  22'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Ala Abdul (Iraq)

6 April 2006
16:00
Pakistan  2–2  Macau
Adeel  12'
Essa  43'
Report Chan Kin Seng  16'52'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Tayeb Shamsuzzaman (Bangladesh)
7 April 2006
14:00
Macau  0–2  Kyrgyzstan
Report Ablakimov  35'
Ishenbaev  58'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
8 April - Chittagong        
  Chinese Taipei  0
12 April – Chittagong
  Sri Lanka  3  
  Sri Lanka (pens.)  1 (5)
9 April - Chittagong
        Nepal  1 (3)  
  India  0
16 April – Dhaka
    Nepal  3  
  Sri Lanka  0
9 April - Dhaka    
    Tajikistan  4
  Palestine  0
13 April - Dhaka
  Kyrgyzstan  1  
  Kyrgyzstan  0
10 April - Dhaka
      Tajikistan  2  
  Bangladesh  1
  Tajikistan  6  
 

Quarter-finals

8 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  3–0  Chinese Taipei
Izzadeen  44'
Sanjaya  70'
Ratnayaka  90'
Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Mahmood Al-Ghatrifi (Oman)

9 April 2006
15:30
India  0–3    Nepal
Report Pradeep  16'26'
Basanta  28'
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ram Krishna Gosh (Bangladesh)

9 April 2006
15:30
Palestine  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report Djamshidov  90+1'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 150
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

10 April 2006
15:30
Tajikistan  6–1  Bangladesh
Rabimov  2'
Mahmudov  20'
Mukhidinov  31'
Hakimov  51'
Rabiev  65'
Nematov  81'
Report Alfaz  17'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Ala Abdul (Iraq)

Semi-finals

12 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  1–1    Nepal
Kasun  65' Report Basanta  82'
  Penalties  
Fuard
Chathura
Gunaratne
Channa
Ratnayaka
5 – 3 Anjan
Tashi
Nabin
Pradeep
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Lee Gi-Young (Korea Republic)

13 April 2006
15:30
Kyrgyzstan  0–2  Tajikistan
Report Rabiev  51'90+2'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Final

16 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  0–4  Tajikistan
Report Mukhidinov  1'61'71'[note 1]
Mahmudov  45'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Hedayat Mombini (Iran)

Winner

 2006 AFC Challenge Cup Champions 

Tajikistan
First title

Awards

Fair Play Award Golden Shoe Most Valuable Player
 Sri Lanka Fahed Attal Ibrahim Rabimov

Goalscorers

Notes

  1. ^ Although the match summary indicates that Mukhidinov scored three goals, a match review article published by the AFC on 19 April 2006 indicates that he only scored two goals while teammate Numonjon Hakimov scored one goal.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Victory a boost for Tajikistan football: Nazarov". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Big Soccer Forum Thread on AFC Challenge Cup 2006". 
  3. ^ "Opening ceremony of AFC Challenge Cup to be held in Bangladesh". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 2005-11-30. 
  4. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup opening ceremony in Bangladesh". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2005-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Bangladesh to be sole host of inaugural AFC Challenge Cup 2006". The AFC. Retrieved 2006-02-21. 
  6. ^ Acharya, Pawan (2006). "Nepal Dumped as AFC Cup Host". OhmyNews. Retrieved 2006-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Nepal dumped as co-host of AFC Challenge Cup". Daily Times (Pakistan). Retrieved 2006-02-22. 
  8. ^ Kantipur (2006). "AFC dumps Nepal from co-hosting AFC Challenge Cup 2006". eKantipur.com. Retrieved 2006-02-20. 
  9. ^ Kantipur (2006). "AFC dumps Nepal from co-hosting AFC Challenge Cup 2006". KantipurOnline.com. Retrieved 2006-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Podkorytov is Kyrgyzstan acting coach". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2006-02-21. 
  11. ^ "Tajikistan lift inaugural AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 

External links

  • Official Site of the AFC Challenge Cup Bangladesh 2006
  • AFC Challenge Cup 2006 at RSSSF.com
  • AFC Challenge Cup 2006 at FutbolPlanet.de
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