2006 AFC Challenge Cup

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2006 AFC Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Host country Bangladesh
Dates 1 April – 16 April
Venue(s) (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) State of Palestine Fahed Attal (8 goals)
Best player Tajikistan Ibrahim Rabimov
2008

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]

Selection of teams[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Squads[edit]

Group stage[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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 Goal 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 Goal 20' Report

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

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

Group B[edit]

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 Goal 74' Report
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Rustam Saidov (Uzbekistan)
2 April 2006
18:00
Nepal    2–0  Bhutan
Pradeep Goal 52'68' Report

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

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

Group C[edit]

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 Goal 6'
Attal Goal 14'20'25'32'45+1'86'
Atura Goal 22'
Al Amour Goal 39'
Al-Kord Goal 59'67'
Report
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ala Abdul (Iraq)
1 April 2006
18:00
Bangladesh  2–1  Cambodia
Alfaz Goal 31'
Ameli Goal 64'
Report C. Rithy Goal 68'
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

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

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

Group D[edit]

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 Goal 9'
Rabiev Goal 13'
Rabimov Goal 56'
Khojaev Goal 77'
Report
Bangabandhu Stadium, Dhaka
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Hedayat Mombini (Iran)
2 April 2006
18:00
Kyrgyzstan  0–1  Pakistan
Report Essa Goal 59'

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

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

Knockout stage[edit]

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[edit]

8 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  3–0  Chinese Taipei
Izzadeen Goal 44'
Sanjaya Goal 70'
Ratnayaka Goal 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 Goal 16'26'
Basanta Goal 28'

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

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

Semi-finals[edit]

12 April 2006
15:30
Sri Lanka  1–1    Nepal
Kasun Goal 65' Report Basanta Goal 82'
  Penalties  
Fuard Penalty scored
Chathura Penalty scored
Gunaratne Penalty scored
Channa Penalty scored
Ratnayaka Penalty scored
5 – 3 Penalty scored Anjan
Penalty scored Tashi
Penalty scored Nabin
Penalty missed Pradeep

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

Final[edit]

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

Winner[edit]

 2006 AFC Challenge Cup Champions 

Tajikistan
First title

Awards[edit]

Fair Play Award Golden Shoe Most Valuable Player
 Sri Lanka State of Palestine Fahed Attal Tajikistan Ibrahim Rabimov

Goalscorers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  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[edit]

  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. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Bangladesh to be sole host of inaugural AFC Challenge Cup 2006". The AFC. Retrieved 2006-02-21. [dead link]
  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. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Tajikistan lift inaugural AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com (Asian Football Confederation). 2006-04-19. Retrieved 2011-07-08. 

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