2008 Merdeka Tournament

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2008 Pestabola Merdeka
Tournament details
Host country Malaysia
Dates 15 – 25 October
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Vietnam (1st title)
Runners-up  Malaysia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 56 (3.73 per match)
Top scorer(s) Malaysia Mohd Safee Mohd Sali
(5 goals)
2007
2013

The 40th Merdeka Tournament was played from the 15th to the 5th of October 2008.[1] The tournament was won by Vietnam Under-22s who defeated Malaysia 6-5 through a penalty kick in the final.

Teams[edit]

*Mozambique replaced Kazakhstan following Kazakhstan’s failure to confirm participation.[2] Mozambique will play with their Under 20 squad.

**Sierra Leone will be sending their Under 20 squad.

***Vietnam will be sending their Under 22 squad.[3]

Stadiums[edit]

City Stadium Capacity
Kuala Lumpur National Stadium, Bukit Jalil* 100,000
Shah Alam Shah Alam Stadium 81,000
Petaling Jaya MBPJ Stadium 25,000

*Venue for last group match change because of the poor pitch condition at the MBPJ Stadium.[4]

Group Stages[edit]

All times local (UTC+8)

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Malaysia 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone U-20 3 2 0 1 9 6 +3 6
   Nepal 3 0 1 2 3 9 -6 1
 Afghanistan 3 0 1 2 3 14 -11 1
15 October 2008
20:45
Malaysia  4 – 0    Nepal
Indra Putra Goal 20'
Safee Goal 25' Goal 48'
Khyril Goal 52'
Report
MBPJ Stadium
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Junji Huang China

17 October 2008
18:30
Afghanistan  2 – 2    Nepal
Barakzai Goal 62'
Sayed Bashir Azimi Goal 86'
Report A Gurung Goal 63'
B Gurung Goal 72'

17 October 2008
20:45
Malaysia  4 – 0 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone U-20
Indra Putra Goal 69'
Safee Goal 75'
Aidil Zafuan Goal 79'
Zaquan Adha Goal 90'
Report
MBPJ Stadium
Attendance: 1,500

19 October 2008
18:30
Afghanistan  1–6 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone U-20
Hafizullah Qadami Goal 47' Report Turay Goal 20'
Amara Kamara Goal 51'
Kabia Goal 60'
Foray Goal 76' Goal 86'
Sulaiman Kamara Goal 88'

20 October 2008
20:45
Nepal    1–3 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone U-20
Rai Goal 40' (pen) Report Bah Goal 6'
Turay Goal 88'
Freeman Goal 90'

20 October 2008
20:45
Malaysia  6–0  Afghanistan
Ashaari Goal 21' Goal 64'
Nizaruddin Goal 41'
Zaquan Adha Goal 44'
Safee Goal 85'
Hairuddin Goal 87'
Report

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Vietnam Vietnam U-22 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6 7
 Myanmar 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
Mozambique Mozambique U-20 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4 3
 Bangladesh 3 0 1 2 2 4 -2 1
16 October 2008
18:30
Myanmar  1 – 3 Vietnam Vietnam U-22
Zaw Htet Aung Goal 44' Report Thanh Binh Goal 3' Goal 47'
Duc Thien Goal 74'
Shah Alam Stadium
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Fredy Chukwa East Timor

16 October 2008
20:45
Bangladesh  0 – 1 Mozambique Mozambique U-20
Report Jange Goal 88'
Shah Alam Stadium
Attendance: 3000
Referee: P. Sasidaran India

18 October 2008
18:30
Mozambique U-20 Mozambique 0 – 4 Vietnam Vietnam U-22
Report Thanh Binh Goal 58'
Dinh Tung Goal 63' Goal 80'
Quang Vinh Goal 72'

18 October 2008
20:45
Bangladesh  0–1  Myanmar
Soe Myat Min Goal 23'

20 October 2008
18:30
Bangladesh  2–2 Vietnam Vietnam U-22
Jahid Goal 32'
Zahid Goal 49'
Report Van Khai Goal 4'
Thanh Binh Goal 62'

20 October 2008
18:30
Mozambique U-20 Mozambique 2–3  Myanmar
Saize Goal 40'
Peguenino Goal 65'
Report Min Thu Goal 57'
Soe Myat Min Goal 69'
Khin Maung Lwin Goal 72'

Knockout stages[edit]

All times local (UTC+8)

Knockout map[edit]

Semi-finals Final
23 October
 Vietnam Vietnam U-22 (PSO) 2 (3)  
 Sierra Leone Sierra Leone U-20 2 (2)  
 
25 October
     Vietnam Vietnam U-22 (PSO) 0 (6)
    Malaysia 0 (5)
23 October
  Malaysia 4
  Myanmar 0  

Semi finals[edit]

23 October 2008
17:45
Vietnam U-22 Vietnam 2 – 2
(aet)
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone U-20
Quang Vinh Goal 73'
Duc Thien Goal 81'
Report Kabia Goal 39'
Foray Goal 68'
  Penalties  
3–2

23 October 2008
20:45
Malaysia  4 – 0  Myanmar
Indra Putra Goal 26' Goal 76' (pen)
Safee Goal 61'
Amirul Hadi Goal 83'
Report

Finals[edit]

25 October 2008
20:45
Vietnam U-22 Vietnam 0 – 0
(aet)
 Malaysia
Report
  Penalties  
6 – 5

Winners[edit]

 2008 Merdeka Tournament Winner 

Vietnam
1st title

Goalscorers[edit]

References[edit]