2006 AFC Challenge Cup

The 2006 AFC Challenge Cup was held between 1 and 16 April 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]

2006 AFC Challenge Cup
2006 AFC Challenge Cup logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryBangladesh
Dates1 – 16 April
Venue(s)3 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Tajikistan (1st title)
Runners-up Sri Lanka
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored82 (2.65 per match)
Attendance150,150 (4,844 per match)
Top scorer(s)State of Palestine Fahed Attal (8 goals)
Best player(s)Tajikistan Ibrahim Rabimov
2008

Selection of teamsEdit

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 stadiaEdit

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 26 March to 9 April 2006 but was changed to avoid clashes with Bangladesh's Independence Day on 26 March.[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.

TeamsEdit

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

SquadsEdit

Group stageEdit

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 criteriaEdit

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 AEdit

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
India  2–0  Afghanistan
Vimal   35'60' Report[permanent dead link]

Philippines  1–1  India
Valeroso   19' Report[permanent dead link] Vimal   8'
Attendance: 2,000
Afghanistan  2–2  Chinese Taipei
Qadami   20'23' Report[permanent dead link] Chuang Wei-lun   48'
Liang Chien-wei   73'

India  0–0  Chinese Taipei
Report[permanent dead link]
Philippines  1–1  Afghanistan
Valeroso   59' Report[permanent dead link] Maqsood   28'
Attendance: 3,000

Group BEdit

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
Sri Lanka  1–0  Brunei
Kasun   74' Report[permanent dead link]
Nepal    2–0  Bhutan
Pradeep   52'68' Report[permanent dead link]

Bhutan  0–1  Sri Lanka
Report[permanent dead link] Karu   45'
Brunei  2–1    Nepal
Adie   11'
Riwandi   42'
Report[permanent dead link] Tashi   60'

Sri Lanka  1–1    Nepal
Izzadeen   19' Report[permanent dead link] Pradeep   75' (pen.)
Bhutan  0–0  Brunei
Report[permanent dead link]

Group CEdit

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
Palestine  11–0  Guam
Keshkesh   6'
Attal   14'20'25'32'45+1'86'
Atura   22'
Al Amour   39'
Al-Kord   59'67'
Report[permanent dead link]
Bangladesh  2–1  Cambodia
Alfaz   31'
Ameli   64'
Report[permanent dead link] C. Rithy   68'
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Cambodia  0–4  Palestine
Report[permanent dead link] Keshkesh   10'
Al-Sweirki   12'75'
Attal   30'
Guam  0–3  Bangladesh
Report[permanent dead link] Ameli   49'
Abul   83'85'
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

Palestine  1–1  Bangladesh
Attal   30' Report[permanent dead link] Tapu   55'
Attendance: 22,000
Cambodia  3–0  Guam
S. Buntheang   37'
Kosal   40'
K. Kumpheak   63'
Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 500
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

Group DEdit

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
Tajikistan  4–0  Macau
Mahmudov   9'
Rabiev   13'
Rabimov   56'
Khojaev   77'
Report[permanent dead link]
Attendance: 2,000
Kyrgyzstan  0–1  Pakistan
Report[permanent dead link] Essa   59'

Pakistan  0–2  Tajikistan
Report[permanent dead link] Hakimov   14'
Irgashev   20'
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Tajikistan  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report[permanent dead link] Krasnov   22'
Pakistan  2–2  Macau
Adeel   12'
Essa   43'
Report[permanent dead link] Chan Kin Seng   16'52'

Macau  0–2  Kyrgyzstan
Report[permanent dead link] Ablakimov   35'
Ishenbaev   58'
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

Knockout stageEdit

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
8 April - Chittagong
 
 
  Chinese Taipei0
 
12 April – Chittagong
 
  Sri Lanka3
 
  Sri Lanka (PSO)1 (5)
 
9 April - Chittagong
 
    Nepal1 (3)
 
  India0
 
16 April – Dhaka
 
    Nepal3
 
  Sri Lanka0
 
9 April - Dhaka
 
  Tajikistan4
 
  Palestine0
 
13 April - Dhaka
 
  Kyrgyzstan1
 
  Kyrgyzstan0
 
10 April - Dhaka
 
  Tajikistan2
 
  Bangladesh1
 
 
  Tajikistan6
 

Quarter-finalsEdit

Sri Lanka  3–0  Chinese Taipei
Izzadeen   44'
Sanjaya   70'
Ratnayaka   90'
Report[permanent dead link]

India  0–3    Nepal
Report[permanent dead link] Pradeep   16'26'
Basanta   28'

Palestine  0–1  Kyrgyzstan
Report[permanent dead link] Djamshidov   90+1'
Attendance: 150
Referee: Win Cho (Myanmar)

Tajikistan  6–1  Bangladesh
Rabimov   2'
Mahmudov   20'
Mukhidinov   31'
Hakimov   51'
Rabiev   65'
Nematov   81'
Report[permanent dead link] Alfaz   17'
Attendance: 15,000

Semi-finalsEdit

Sri Lanka  1–1    Nepal
Kasun   65' Report[permanent dead link] Basanta   82'
Penalties
Fuard  
Chathura  
Gunaratne  
Channa  
Ratnayaka  
5 – 3   Anjan
  Tashi
  Nabin
  Pradeep

Kyrgyzstan  0–2  Tajikistan
Report[permanent dead link] Rabiev   51'90+2'
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Tan Hai (China PR)

FinalEdit

Sri Lanka  0–4  Tajikistan
Report[permanent dead link] Mukhidinov   1'61'71'[note 1]
Mahmudov   45'
Attendance: 2,000

WinnerEdit

 2006 AFC Challenge Cup Champions 
 
Tajikistan
First title

AwardsEdit

Fair Play Award Golden Shoe Most Valuable Player
  Sri Lanka   Fahed Attal   Ibrahim Rabimov

GoalscorersEdit

NotesEdit

  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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Victory a boost for Tajikistan football: Nazarov". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2009.
  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 30 November 2005.
  4. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup opening ceremony in Bangladesh". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2005.
  5. ^ "Bangladesh to be sole host of inaugural AFC Challenge Cup 2006". The AFC. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2006.
  6. ^ Acharya, Pawan (2006). "Nepal Dumped as AFC Cup Host". OhmyNews. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2006.
  7. ^ "Nepal dumped as co-host of AFC Challenge Cup". Daily Times. Pakistan. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2006.
  8. ^ Kantipur (2006). "AFC dumps Nepal from co-hosting AFC Challenge Cup 2006". eKantipur.com. Retrieved 20 February 2006.
  9. ^ Kantipur (2006). "AFC dumps Nepal from co-hosting AFC Challenge Cup 2006". KantipurOnline.com. Retrieved 20 February 2006.
  10. ^ "Podkorytov is Kyrgyzstan acting coach". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2006.
  11. ^ "Tajikistan lift inaugural AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. 19 April 2006. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2011.

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