2013 SAFF Championship

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2013 SAFF Championship
2013 SAFF Championship logo.svg
2013 SAFF Championship official logo
Tournament details
Host country    Nepal
Dates 31 August – 11 September
Teams 8
Venue(s) 2 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions  Afghanistan (1st title)
Runners-up  India
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 51 (3.4 per match)
Top scorer(s) Maldives Ali Ashfaq (10 goals)
Best player Afghanistan Mansur Faqiryar (MVP)
Nepal Rabin Shrestha (Best Player from host country)
Best goalkeeper Afghanistan Mansur Faqiryar
2011
2015

The 2013 South Asian Football Federation Championship, commonly referred to as 2013 SAFF Championship, was the 10th SAFF Championship for men's national football teams organized by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). The tournament took place from 31 August to 11 September 2013, and was hosted by Nepal for the second time, with the previous being in 1997.[1]

Host selection[edit]

Nepal were selected as hosts in September 2012 during the 2012 SAFF Women's Championship in Sri Lanka.[1]

Participating nations[edit]

Along with the hosts, the other seven nations from the South Asian region participated in the tournament.[1] India came into the tournament as the reigning champions from the 2011 edition.[1]

Team Appearances
in the SAFF Championship
Previous best performance FIFA Ranking
at start of event
   Nepal 10th Third-Place (1993) 170
 Afghanistan 6th Runners-up (2011) 139
 Bangladesh 9th Champions (2003) 158
 Bhutan 6th Semi-finals (2008) 207
 India 10th Champions (1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011) 145
 Maldives 8th Champions (2008) 153
 Pakistan 10th Third-Place (1997) 167
 Sri Lanka 10th Champions (1995) 170

Group Draw[edit]

The draw ceremony took place on 30 July 2013 at Kathmandu's Soaltee Crowne Plaza was attended by a host of dignitaries including All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Chairman Ganesh Thapa, SAFF President Kazi Salahuddin, Secretary Alberto Colaco and National Sports Council Member-Secretary Yubaraj Lama.[2]

Group A Group B

 Bangladesh
 India
   Nepal
 Pakistan

 Afghanistan
 Bhutan
 Maldives
 Sri Lanka

Venues[edit]

Kathmandu Kathmandu
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium Halchowk Stadium
Capacity: 25,000[3] Capacity: 3,500
Dasarath Rangasala Stadium.jpg SAFF Championship 2013 (3).JPG

Squads[edit]

Match officials[edit]

On 22 August 2013, SAFF announced the 15 referees for the tournament.[4]

Referees
Assistant referees

Group stage[edit]

SAFF confirmed the groups and schedule on 30 July 2013.[5]

All times listed are Nepali Standard Time.

Key to colors in group tables
Teams that advance to the semi-finals
  • Group winners
  • Group runners-up

Group A[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
   Nepal 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7
 India 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Pakistan 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Bangladesh 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Nepal    2–0  Bangladesh
Gurung Goal 18'
Khawas Goal 31'
Report
India  1–0  Pakistan
Samar Ishaq Goal 14' (o.g.) Report

Bangladesh  1–1  India
Meshu Goal 82' Report Chhetri Goal 90+5'
Pakistan  1–1    Nepal
Bashir Goal 14' Report Magar Goal 90+2'
Referee: Saleh Al Hethlol (Saudi Arabia)

India  1–2    Nepal
Nabi Goal 90+2' Report Gurung Goal 70'
Rai Goal 81'
Bangladesh  1–2  Pakistan
Ameli Goal 30' Report Ishaq Goal 36'
Kalim Goal 90+2'
Referee: Saleh Al Hethlol (Saudi Arabia)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
 Maldives 3 2 1 0 18 2 +16 7
 Afghanistan 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
 Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 6 15 −9 3
 Bhutan 3 0 0 3 4 16 −12 0
Afghanistan  3–0  Bhutan
Amiri Goal 37'
Azadzoy Goal 76'
Barakzai Goal 88'
Report
Referee: Sudish Pandey (Nepal)
Maldives  10–0  Sri Lanka
Abdulla Goal 5'
Ashfaq Goal 21' (pen.)45+1' (pen.)51'53'58'87'
Adhuham Goal 76'
Fasir Goal 83'
Umar Goal 86'
Report

Sri Lanka  1–3  Afghanistan
Fazaluzzaman Goal 36' Report Rafi Goal 62'
Amiri Goal 76'
Barakzai Goal 87'
Referee: Sudish Pandey (Nepal)
Bhutan  2–8  Maldives
P. Tshering Goal 25'
C. Gyeltshen Goal 35'
Report Fasir Goal 16'69'
Umair Goal 45+3'
Ashfaq Goal 48'51'76'79'
Umar Goal 82'

Afghanistan  0–0  Maldives
Report
Sri Lanka  5–2  Bhutan
Izzadeen Goal 19'26'50'90+3'
P. Dorji Goal 32' (o.g.)
Report P. Tshering Goal 45'
Tenzin Goal 58'

Knockout stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
8 September – Dasarath Rangasala
    Nepal 0  
  Afghanistan 1  
 
11 September – Dasarath Rangasala
      Afghanistan 2
    India 0
9 September – Dasarath Rangasala
  Maldives 0
  India 1  

Semi-finals[edit]

Nepal    0−1  Afghanistan
Report Ahmadi Goal 11'
Referee: Saleh Al Hethlol (Saudi Arabia)

Maldives  0−1  India
Report Mondal Goal 86'

Final[edit]

Afghanistan  2–0  India
Azadzoy Goal 9'
Ahmadi Goal 62'
Report

Winner[edit]

 2013 SAFF Championship 

Afghanistan
First title

Awards[edit]

The following awards were given for the 2013 SAFF Championship.[6][7][8]

FIFA Fair Play Award Hero MotoCorp MVP of host nation Award MVP of the Tournament Golden Boot Award Golden Glove Award NIVIA Best goal of the tournament
   Nepal Nepal Rabin Shrestha Afghanistan Mansur Faqiryar Maldives Ali Ashfaq Afghanistan Mansur Faqiryar Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri

Team of the tournament[edit]

The team was appointed by Sportskeeda:[9][10]

Sportskeeda Team of the tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Strikers

Afghanistan Mansur Faqiryar

Afghanistan Mustafa Hadid
Afghanistan Zohib Islam Amiri
Pakistan Zesh Rehman
Nepal Rabin Shrestha

India Francis Fernandes
Afghanistan Rafi Barekzai
Maldives Mohamed Arif
Nepal Bharat Khawas

Afghanistan Sandjar Ahmadi
Maldives Ali Ashfaq

Prize money[edit]

The prize money given to the top four teams:[11]

Final placing Prize money (US Dollars)
Champions 50,000
Runner-up 25,000
Semi-Finalists 10,000

Goalscorers[edit]

10 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

References[edit]

External links[edit]