2009 SAFF Championship

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2009 SAFF Championship
Saffbangabandhu09.jpg
Tournament details
Host country Bangladesh
Dates 4 December – 13 December
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  India (5th title)
Runners-up  Maldives
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 42 (2.8 per match)
Top scorer(s) Bangladesh Enamul Haque
Maldives Ahmed Thariq
Sri Lanka E.B. Channa
(4 goals each)
Best player India Arindam Bhattacharya
2008
2011

The 2009 South Asian Football Federation Championship was hosted by Bangladesh from 4 to 13 December 2009. Bangladesh was awarded to host the tournament after the withdrawal of original hosts India.

After India's reluctance to host the tournament, in May 2009, at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president Kazi Salahuddin on his return from the AFC Congress informed that although India were still retaining their status as hosts of the championship, Bangladesh and Nepal had turned in fresh bids in anticipation of staging this prestigious eight-nation meet.

A decision was taken at the FIFA Congress in Bahamas in the first week of June[1] but no announcement was officially made. In July, with the tournament drawing ever closer, media reports once again suggested that the tournament would be moved once again to Bangladesh, as Pakistan would struggle to obtain visas if the tournament is hosted in India.[2]

On 31 August 2009, it was reported that the tournament would be held in Bangladesh, after the Indian football association (AIFF) had its annual congress at the end of August. This was formally confirmed by the AFC on 10 September through a press release.[3]

Venue[edit]

The Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka was the only venue for the tournament. It is also home venue for Bangladesh national football team.

Dhaka
Bangabandhu National Stadium
Capacity: 36,000
Bangabandhu National Stadium 1 by Farsad.JPG

Draw[edit]

The draw for the tournament was made on 3 October 2009.[4] India took part with their olympic team.[5]

Group A Group B

 Afghanistan (Unseeded)
 India 1 (1st Seed)
 Maldives (2nd Seed)
   Nepal (Unseeded)

 Bangladesh (1st Seed)
 Bhutan (Unseeded)
 Pakistan (Unseeded)
 Sri Lanka (2nd Seed)

1 India participated with their U-23 team.

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Maldives 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
 India 3 2 0 1 2 2 0 6
   Nepal 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
 Afghanistan 3 0 0 3 1 7 –6 0

5 December 2009
16:00
Maldives  1 – 1    Nepal
Thariq Goal 61' Report J.M. Rai Goal 68'

5 December 2009
18:00
India  1 – 0  Afghanistan
Lalpekhlua Goal 86' Report

7 December 2009
16:00
Maldives  3 – 1  Afghanistan
Thariq Goal 52'
Ashfaq Goal 69'89'
Report Barakzai Goal 30'

7 December 2009
18:00
India  1 – 0    Nepal
Sushil Goal 18' Report

9 December 2009
16:00
Afghanistan  0 – 3    Nepal
Report A. Gurung Goal 55'73'
B. Gurung Goal 56'

December 9, 2009
18:00
Maldives  2 – 0  India
Thariq Goal 15'
Fazeel Goal 82'
Report

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bangladesh 3 2 1 0 6 2 +4 7
 Sri Lanka 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
 Pakistan 3 1 1 1 7 1 +6 4
 Bhutan 3 0 0 3 1 17 –16 0

4 December 2009
16:00
Sri Lanka  1 – 0  Pakistan
Chathura Goal 23' Report

4 December 2009
18:00
Bangladesh  4 – 1  Bhutan
Prantosh Goal 11'
Haque Goal 22'51'
Ameli Goal 72'
Report Dendup Goal 42' (pen.)

6 December 2009
16:00
Sri Lanka  6 – 0  Bhutan
Channa Goal 7'25'
Kasun Goal 39'66'78'
Chathura Goal 90'
Report

8 December 2009
16:00
Pakistan  7 – 0  Bhutan
Essa Goal 21'54'
Ashraf Goal 23'
Mehmood Goal 28'35'66'
S. Khan Goal 45'
Report

December 8, 2009
18:00
Bangladesh  2 – 1  Sri Lanka
Enamul Goal 8'64' Report
Report
Channa Goal 42'

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

11 December 2009
16:00
Maldives  5 – 1  Sri Lanka
Thariq Goal 21'
Fazeel Goal 63'85' (pen.)
Ashfaq Goal 76'
Ashad Goal 87'
Report Channa Goal 62'

11 December 2009
19:30
Bangladesh  0 – 1  India
Report Sushil Goal 63'

Final[edit]

Champion[edit]

 2009 South Asian Football Federation Cup Winners 

India
Fifth title

Goalscorers[edit]

4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BFF bids for SAFF meet". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 12 May 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.indianfootball.com/en/news/articleId/1267 | SAFF Cup 2009 to be shifted?
  3. ^ "Bangladesh to host SAFF Championship". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Hosts avoid India". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 4 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.indianfootball.com/en/news/articleId/1916