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Pakistan, Maldives win openers in SAFF Championship
8 December 2005



KARACHI: Hosts Pakistan and Maldives recorded contrasting victories on the opening day of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship here on Wednesday.

Pakistan got the better of former winners Sri Lanka 1-0, while Maldives thrashed Afghanistan 9-1 for the biggest victory win in the history of the tournament.

Imran Hussain scored the all-important goal for Pakistan in the 38th minute. Fulham midfielder Zeshan Rehman supplied the ball to Hussain, whose header found the net.

Ibrahim Fazeel and Ahmed Thoriq scored three goals each for Maldives, while Ali Ashfaq netted two and Ali Umar one. Bashir Ahmed Saadat scored the consolation goal for Afghanistan. In the 2003 edition of the tournament, Maldives defeated Bhutan 6-0 and on Wednesday they broke their own record in this event.

Defending champions Bangladesh face Bhutan and three-time winners India take on Nepal on Thursday.














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Bangladesh, India win: SAFF Championship
9 December 2005



KARACHI: Defending champions Bangladesh and three-time winners India opened their campaigns with victories in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship here on Thursday. India defeated Nepal 2-1, while Bangladesh downed Bhutan 3-0.

Mehtab Hussain gave India the lead in the sixth minute on a cross from Climax Lawrence, while Hussain slammed his second goal in the 27th minute. Ten minutes before half-time, Basanta Thapa pulled one back for Nepal.

Bangladesh dominated the proceedings from the beginning and went into the breather with a 1-0 lead, thanks to an Aminul Haque goal. Ariful Kabir doubled their advantage 13 minutes into the restart and substitute Jahid Hassan Ameli made it 3-0 with a last minute strike.

Sri Lanka face Maldives, while hosts Pakistan take on Afghanistan on Friday.













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Pakistan, Maldives in SAFF Championship semis
10 December 2005



KARACHI: Hosts Pakistan and last edition's runners-up Maldives registered their second consecutive victories to storm into the semi-finals of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship here on Friday. Pakistan overcame Afghanistan 1-0, while Maldives outclassed Sri Lanka 2-0.

It was Pakistan's second win over their neighbours in the championship

history. Pakistan strikers Farooq Shah, Arif Mehmood and Imran Hussain

mounted several forays but young Afghan goalkeeper Shamsuddin Amiri

executed some beautiful saves.

After the barren first half, Muhammad Essa's strike in the 55th minute

ensured a last four place for the hosts.

Ashfaq Ali put Maldives ahead in the 15th minute and Iordan Stoikov's

charges made it 2-0, thanks to a 82nd minute penalty by Umar Ali. Sri

Lanka were reduced to 10-man in the 67th minute when Jayasuriya dangerously brought down Ashfaq.

India face Bhutan, while defending champions Bangladesh take on Nepal

on Saturday.













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Bangladesh, India enter semis of SAFF Championship
11 December 2005



KARACHI: Defending champions Bangladesh and three-time winners India

scored facile wins to make it to the last four stage in the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship here on Saturday. India defeated Bhutan 3-0 while Bangladesh downed Nepal 2-0.

Indian captain Baichung Bhutia gave India the lead on the stroke of

half-time. This was the ace striker's ninth goal in the championship’s

history. Mahesh Gawli doubled the advantage in the 52nd minute, while

substitute Abdul Hakim made it 3-0 in the 66th minute.

R. Kanchan fired a brace for Bangladesh in the 27th and 87th minutes.

Nepal’s Basanta Thapa, Hari Khadka, Bijay Gurung and Pradeep Maharjan made some beautiful moves but lacked finishing skills. Motiur Rehman Munna dodged Nepalese defenders and supplied the ball to Kanchan, who tapped it in to give Bangladesh their first goal. He once again found the net three minutes from time.

Sri Lanka face Afghanistan, while hosts Pakistan will clash against

Maldives in their last group encounters on Sunday.

























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Afghanistan win, Maldives top Group A
12 December 2005



KARACHI: Afghanistan recorded their second victory on the international stage after beating Sri Lanka 2-1 while Maldives topped Group A with a goalless draw against hosts Pakistan in the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship here on Sunday.

Afghanistan striker Hafizullah Qadami opened the scoring for his team

in the 35th minute and defender Abdul Maroof Gullistani made it 2-0 from the spot in the 41st minute. Substitute G.P.C. Karunaratne pulled one back for Lanka five minutes from time.

Afghanistan defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in an Asian Cup qualifier at

Kathmandu in March 2003 to record their first victory after their return to the international stage. "The people in Afghanistan are football crazy but unfortunately the game has been overshadowed by political turmoil," said Afghanistan team manager Ali Askar Lali. "It is difficult to make a comeback but slowly we will make it big."

Both Maldives and Pakistan finished with seven points after their group matches but on the basis of a better goal average the former topped the group.

Afghanistan finished third in the group with three points. Maldives will take on the runners-up team from Group B in the semi-finals on

Wednesday while Pakistan will play the Group B toppers on the same day.

India face Bangladesh while Nepal take on Bhutan on Monday.


















Maldives 3 2 1 0 11 1 7
Pakistan 3 2 1 0 2 0 7

Afghanistan 3 1 0 2 3 11 3
Sri Lanka 3 0 0 3 1 5 0
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B’desh hold India, Nepal beat Bhutan
13 December 2005



KARACHI: Defending champions Bangladesh held three time winners India 1-1 to top Group A in the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship here on Monday while Nepal sidelined Bhutan 3-1 in their last group match.

Bangladesh will face hosts Pakistan while India take on Maldives in the semifinals on Wednesday.

Midfielder Climax Lawrence put India ahead in the 17th minute but they were reduced to 10 men in the 42nd minute after Sri Lankan referee H. Dilan Perera gave the marching orders to Mehraj Din Wadoo. Zahid Hasan Ameli restored parity for Bangladesh in the 77th minute.

Meanwhile, Nepal earned third place in the group beating Bhutan 3-1. Surendra Tamang, Basanta Thapa and Bijay Gurung were on target for Nepal. Bikash Pradhan pulled one back for Bhutan.













Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 6 1 7
India 3 2 1 0 6 2 7

Nepal 3 1 0 2 4 5 3
Bhutan 3 0 0 3 1 9 0
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Semi-Final

Maldives v India
Bangladesh v Pakistan
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India, Bangladesh to clash in SAFF C’ship final
15 December 2005



KARACHI: Three-time winners India and defending champions Bangladesh have stormed into the final of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

In the semi-finals on Wednesday, India overcame Maldives 1-0, while Bangladesh outclassed hosts Pakistan by the same margin. The final will be played on Saturday.

Manju Shivananju scored the all-important goal for India in the 38th minute. Syed Nayeemuddin's charges held the upper hand throughout the match but Maldives also managed to make some unsuccessful forays.

Maldives could have taken the lead in the 32nd minute when Ashfaq cut into the Indian box from the left and supplied the ball to Ahmed Thoriq. Indian goalkeeper Sandip Nandy was out of position but Thoriq’s drive was saved by Indian stopper M Suresh on the goalline. Eighteen-year-old Manju found the net on a Venkatesh corner kick in the 38th minute.

Mohammad Sujan's goal from the spot in the first half helped Bangladesh make it to their third consecutive final of the championship.

In the first half injury time, Pakistan's Abdul Aziz brought down Firoz Mahmud Titu inside the penalty area and Iranian referee Khodadad Afsharian immediately pointed to the spot. Sujan made no mistake and converted it easily.




















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India are SAFF champions
18 December 2005



KARACHI: India won the SAFF Championship title with a 2-0 win over defending champions Bangladesh in the final on Saturday.

The first goal was scored by Mehrajuddin Wadoo in the 33rd minute and captain Baichung Bhutia added to it in the 81st minute to give India their fourth SAFF Championship title. This is coach Syed Naeemuddin’s second SAFF title after winning it earlier as the trainer in 1997.

This was India’s 10th win over Bangladesh and the former dominated throughout the encounter. Wadoo scored the first in a goalmouth melee and Bhutia was left with a tap-in nine minutes from time after a brilliant splitting pass.

Bhutia was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.































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Bangladesh sure lost the final to india. but the truth is that the bangladesh team has improved brilliantly recently under their new coach cruciani from argentina.he has seriously injected a lot of confidence in our team. <i feel embarresed to say this now, bcos the way BD played in the final was pathetic >. Still i am proud of bangladesh and i myself love their new style of play. the coach has changed the old fashioned formation of the team from a typical 4-4-2 to 4-3-1-2. the new formation gives them a solid defence . we a hard working midfield of three, with our brilliant captain JOY leading from the middle.flanked by two creative defensive mids. with a third striker/(or rather fourth mid) playing in the hole just behind the two strikers.
I beleive Bangladesh will improve in times to come. in Twenty years i see them reaching teams like singapore and hongkong and challenging teams like china and korea.
i am just waiting for the time they will play inthe world cups<maybe my great grandchildren will see that>
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