Maldives national under-23 football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Red Snappers
Association Football Association of Maldives
Sub-confederation SAFF (South Asia)
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Assad Abdul Ghanee
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Second colours
Third colours

The Maldives national Under-23 football team, also known as Maldives Under-23s or Maldives U23(s), is considered to be the feeder team for the Maldives national football team, and is controlled by the Football Association of Maldives.

Asian Games[edit]


This was the Maldives U-23s' first competitive tournament. They were eliminated from the Preliminary Round, after being defeated 4–0 to South Korea, 3–1 to Malaysia and 5–0 to Oman. The only goal for the Maldives was scored by Ibrahim Fazeel.


In this year, Maldives were drawn to play in the Group A of the Second Round, alongside India, Hong Kong and Iran. Ashad Ali scored the only goal in the 3–1 loss against Iran. In the match against India, Ali Ashfaq scored the equalizing goal for Maldives, but they couldn't hold India till the end and lost for 2–1 as India scored the winning goal in the 89th minute of the game. The last match of the group was against Hong Kong. Maldives lost 1–0 to them as Maldives were conceded in the 11th minute of the game.


Maldives ended up the competition at the 3rd position of Group F in the 2010 Asian Games held at China. They lost the first match, 3–0 to Oman,[1] but they managed to draw with a score of 0–0 against Pakistan[2] and Thailand.[3]

AFC U-22 Asian Cup[edit]

2014 AFC U-22 Asian Cup Qualification[edit]

In 2012 it was announced that Maldives U23 would participate in the qualifying round of the inaugural AFC U-22 Asian Cup in June 2012.[4]

Competitive Record[edit]

Recent Fixtures and results[edit]





Date Tournament Location Opponent Stadium Score Maldivian Scorers
23 March 2015
2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers
Oman Muscat, Oman Lebanon Lebanon
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
1 – 2
Goal 4' Irufaan
25 March 2015
2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers
Oman Muscat, Oman Bahrain Bahrain
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
0 – 3
27 March 2015
2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers
Oman Muscat, Oman Iraq Iraq
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
1 – 7
Goal 27' Hamza
23 March 2015
2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers
Oman Muscat, Oman Oman Oman
Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex
0 – 5

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualification

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahim Labaan Shareef (1996-01-18) January 18, 1996 (age 19) Maldives Mahibadhoo
2 2DF Ibrahim Hamdhaan (1993-01-21) January 21, 1993 (age 22) Maldives Eagles
3 2DF Mohamed Ihsan Maldives Maziya
4 2DF Hussain Sifaau Yoosuf Maldives Maziya
5 3MF Hussain Nihaan (1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 22) Maldives Victory
6 3MF Mohamed Irufaan (Captain) (1994-07-24) July 24, 1994 (age 20) Maldives Maziya
7 3MF Abdul Wahid Ibrahim (1993-07-18) July 18, 1993 (age 21) Maldives Maziya
8 3MF Ahmed Visam Maldives Valencia
9 3MF Mohamed Sadin Abdul Hannan Maldives Maziya
10 3MF Ismail Ahmed Maldives Maziya
11 4FW Ahmed Rizuvan (1995-06-04) June 4, 1995 (age 19) Maldives Maziya
12 3MF Hassan Shius Maldives Maziya
13 2DF Ibrahim Haseeb (1995-08-22) August 22, 1995 (age 19) Maldives Eagles
14 4FW Mohamed Muslih (1993-09-30) September 30, 1993 (age 21) Maldives Eagles
15 2DF Gasim Samaam Maldives Maziya
16 3MF Ahmed Suhail (1995-06-07) June 7, 1995 (age 19) Maldives New Radiant
17 3MF Hamza Mohamed (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 20) Maldives New Radiant
18 1GK Mohamed Jazlaan (1993-04-12) April 12, 1993 (age 22) Maldives Eagles
19 2DF Mohamed Saaif (1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 21) Maldives Maziya
20 3MF Mohamed Hamdhoon (1996-06-07) June 7, 1996 (age 18) Maldives Eagles
22 3MF Hafiz Ahmed Maldives Eagles
23 2DF Ismail Farooq Maldives Eagles
25 1GK Iyaan Abdul Aleen Maldives Maziya


Name Nat Period
István Urbányi Hungary 2011–2013
Drago Mamić Croatia 2014
Assad Abdul Ghanee[5] Maldives 2015–

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Maldives-U23 1-3 Oman-U23". 7 November 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Maldives 0 - 0 Pakistan: Maldives loses a golden chance". 10 November 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Asian Games: Maldives held Thailand to finish third". 11 November 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "AFC U-22 Asian Cup Qualifiers draw results". 14 February 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Assad to coach u23 side. Vaguthu (Dhivehi)

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