2012 AFC Challenge Cup

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2012 AFC Challenge Cup
एएफसी च्यालेन्ज कप फुटबल-२०१२
2012 AFC Challenge Cup logo.svg
Logo of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup
Tournament details
Host country Nepal
Dates 8–19 March
Teams 8
Venue(s) 2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  North Korea (2nd title)
Runners-up  Turkmenistan
Third place  Philippines
Fourth place  Palestine
Tournament statistics
Matches played 16
Goals scored 42 (2.63 per match)
Attendance 50,000 (3,125 per match)
Top scorer(s) Philippines Phil Younghusband
(6 goals)
Best player North Korea Pak Nam-Chol
2010
2014

The 2012 AFC Challenge Cup was the fourth edition of the tournament, an international football competition for Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nations that are mainly categorized as "emerging countries" in the defunct Vision Asia programme. It took place in Nepal from 8–19 March 2012.[1] Unlike in previous editions of the tournament, there were no automatic qualifiers. Therefore, 2010 champions North Korea, runners-up Turkmenistan, and third-placed Tajikistan had to navigate the qualification phase in order to return to the finals.[2] North Korea successfully defended their title and qualified for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.[3]

Hosts[edit]

Maldives, Nepal, and Palestine expressed an interest to bid to host the tournament. A decision on which country would be hosts was set to be made by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on 14 June 2011,[4] but was deferred until the AFC Executive Committee on 29 July 2011.[5] The committee decided to endorse Nepal as the hosts of the AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Finals.[6]

Venues[edit]

Kathmandu Kathmandu
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Halchowk Stadium
Capacity: 17,800 Capacity: 3,500
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium.jpg SAFF Championship 2013 (3).JPG

Qualification[edit]

The qualification stage saw 20 eligible member associations compete in qualifiers.[7]

  • An initial pre-qualifying round (home and away) narrowed the field to 16 teams.
  • The final qualifying round consist of four groups of four teams each with the group winners and runners-up qualifying.
  • Only the eight teams that qualified for the tournament finals were permitted to bid to be hosts.

Qualified nations[edit]

  •  Palestine – Qualification Group A winners
  •  Philippines – Qualification Group A runners-up
  •  India – Qualification Group B winners
  •  Turkmenistan – Qualification Group B runners-up
  •  Maldives – Qualification Group C winners
  •  Tajikistan – Qualification Group C runners-up
  •  North Korea – Qualification Group D winners
  •    Nepal – Qualification Group D runners-up

Draw[edit]

The draw for the final tournament was held on 1 December 2011 at the Soaltee Crown Plaza Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal.[8]

Squads[edit]

Each team could name a squad of 23 players.[9]

Group stage[edit]

All times are Nepal Time (NPT) – UTC+5:45

Key to colours in group tables
Top two placed teams advance to the semi-finals

Tie-breaking criteria[edit]

The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) and tie breakers are in following order:[9]

  1. Greater number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. Goal difference in all the group matches;
  5. Greater number of goals scored in all the group matches;
  6. Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
  7. Fewer score calculated according to the number of yellow and red cards received in the group matches; (1 point for each yellow card, 3 points for each red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for each direct red card, 4 points for each yellow card followed by a direct red card)
  8. Drawing of lots.

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Turkmenistan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Palestine 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
 Maldives 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
   Nepal 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0

8 March 2012
15:00
Turkmenistan  3–1  Maldives
Mingazow Goal 33'
Çoňkaýew Goal 78'
Amanow Goal 85'
Report[permanent dead link] Adhuham Goal 20'
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Yousef Al-Marzouq (Kuwait)

8 March 2012
17:00
Nepal    0–2  Palestine
Report[permanent dead link] Attieh Goal 4'
Attal Goal 65'
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 12,300
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

10 March 2012
17:00
Maldives  1–0    Nepal
Rasheed Goal 51' Report[permanent dead link]

12 March 2012
15:00
Nepal    0–3  Turkmenistan
Report[permanent dead link] Tagaýew Goal 7'
Biraj Goal 79' (o.g.)
Hangeldiýew Goal 89'

12 March 2012
15:00
Maldives  0–2  Palestine
Report[permanent dead link] Wadi Goal 59'
Nu'man Goal 90+4'

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 North Korea 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 9
 Philippines 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3
 India 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0

9 March 2012
17:00
India  0–2  Tajikistan
Report[permanent dead link] Khamroqulov Goal 61'
Davronov Goal 66'

11 March 2012
17:00
Philippines  2–0  India
P. Younghusband Goal 10'73' Report[permanent dead link]

13 March 2012
15:00
Tajikistan  1–2  Philippines
Negmatov Goal 45+1' Report[permanent dead link] P. Younghusband Goal 54'
Á. Guirado Goal 80'
Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu
Attendance: 800
Referee: Ryuji Sato (Japan)

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
16 March
  Turkmenistan  2  
  Philippines  1  
 
19 March
      Turkmenistan  1
    North Korea  2
Third place
16 March 19 March
  North Korea  2   Philippines  4
  Palestine  0     Palestine  3

Semi-finals[edit]


Third place play-off[edit]

19 March 2012
14:30
Philippines  4–3  Palestine
P. Younghusband Goal 4'25' (pen.)
Á. Guirado Goal 42'
J. Guirado Goal 69'
Report Abuhabib Goal 21'67'
Attal Goal 78'

Final[edit]

Turkmenistan
North Korea
GK 1 Rahmanberdi Alyhanow
DF 12 Serdar Annaorazow YC 11' Substituted off 64'
DF 18 Şöhrat Soyunow YC 90+4'
DF 19 Ahmet Ataýew YC 58'
DF 23 Dawid Sarkisow YC 86'
DF 34 Akmyrat Jumanazarow
MF 8 Bagtyýar Hojaahmedow
MF 26 Elman Tagaýew Substituted off 42'
MF 30 Umijan Astanow
FW 7 Berdi Şamyradow (c)
FW 22 Guwanç Abylow Substituted off 54'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Ruslan Mingazow Substituted in 42'
FW 17 Arslanmyrat Amanow Substituted in 54'
DF 14 Guwanç Rejepow Substituted in 64'
Manager:
Ýazguly Hojageldiýew
GK 1 Ri Myong-Guk
DF 5 Ri Kwang-Chon (c)
DF 12 Jon Kwang-Ik YC 90+3'
DF 14 Pak Nam-Chol II
DF 19 Jang Kuk-Chol Substituted off 53'
DF 20 Ri Kwang-Hyok
MF 4 Pak Nam-Chol I
MF 8 Ri Chol-Myong
MF 17 An Yong-Hak Substituted off 73'
FW 10 Pak Kwang-Ryong Substituted off 90+2'
FW 11 Jong Il-Gwan YC 62'
Substitutions:
FW 25 Kim Ju-Song Substituted in 53'
DF 23 Jang Song-Hyok Substituted in 73'
MF 22 Pak Song-Chol I Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Yun Jong-Su

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:
Azman Bin Ismail (Malaysia)
Humoud Al-Sahli (Kuwait)
Fourth official:
Yousef Al-Marzouq (Kuwait)

Statistics[edit]

Winner[edit]

 2012 AFC Challenge Cup Champions 

North Korea
Second title

Individual Awards[edit]

The following awards were given for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup:[10][11]

Fair Play Award Golden Shoe Most Valuable Player
 North Korea Philippines Phil Younghusband North Korea Pak Nam-Chol I

Team of the tournament[edit]

The team of the tournament – Dream Team in a 4-4-2 formation.

Goalscorers[edit]

6 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

Post-tournament team ranking[edit]

As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in extra time are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  North Korea 5 5 0 0 12 1 +11
2  Turkmenistan 5 3 1 1 9 4 +5
3  Philippines 5 3 0 2 9 8 +1
4  Palestine 5 2 1 2 7 6 +1
Eliminated in the group stage
5  Tajikistan 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1
6  Maldives 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
7    Nepal 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6
8  India 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFC Calendar of Competitions 2012 (Men)" (PDF). The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  2. ^ "No direct entry for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-05-17. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "AFC Competitions Committee". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Maldives, Nepal and Palestine bidding to host CC 2012 Finals". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Chinese Taipei to host AFC President’s Cup Finals". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Message of unity from AFC ExCo". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2011-07-29. 
  7. ^ "No direct entry for 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2010-08-13. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Nepal's luck of the draw". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Competition Regulations AFC Challenge Cup Nepal 2012". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  10. ^ "Pak scoops MVP award". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  11. ^ "Six-shooter Phil takes top scorer title". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-22. [permanent dead link]

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