2008 Merdeka Tournament

The 40th Merdeka Tournament was played from 15 to 25 October 2008.[1] The tournament was won by Vietnam Under-22s who defeated Malaysia 6-5 through a penalty kick in the final.

2008 Pestabola Merdeka
Tournament details
Host countryMalaysia
Dates15–25 October
Teams8
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Vietnam (1st title)
Runners-up Malaysia
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored56 (3.73 per match)
Top scorer(s)Malaysia Mohd Safee Mohd Sali
(5 goals)
2007
2013

TeamsEdit

*Mozambique replaced Kazakhstan following Kazakhstan’s failure to confirm participation.[2] Mozambique will play with their Under 20 squad.

**Sierra Leone will be sending their Under 20 squad.

***Vietnam will be sending their Under 22 squad.[3]

StadiumsEdit

City Stadium Capacity
Kuala Lumpur National Stadium, Bukit Jalil* 100,000
Shah Alam Shah Alam Stadium 81,000
Petaling Jaya MBPJ Stadium 25,000

*Venue for last group match change because of the poor pitch condition at the MBPJ Stadium.[4]

Group StagesEdit

All times local (UTC+8)

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Malaysia 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9
  Sierra Leone U-20 3 2 0 1 9 6 +3 6
    Nepal 3 0 1 2 3 9 –6 1
  Afghanistan 3 0 1 2 3 14 –11 1
Malaysia  4–0    Nepal
Indra Putra   20'
Safee   25', 48'
Khyril   52'
Report
Attendance: 31,000
Referee: Junji Huang  

Afghanistan  2–2    Nepal
Barakzai   62'
Sayed Bashir Azimi   86'
Report A Gurung   63'
B Gurung   72'

Malaysia  4–0  Sierra Leone U-20
Indra Putra   69'
Safee   75'
Aidil Zafuan   79'
Zaquan Adha   90'
Report
Attendance: 41,500

Afghanistan  1–6  Sierra Leone U-20
Hafizullah Qadami   47' Report Turay   20'
Amara Kamara   51'
Kabia   60'
Foray   76', 86'
Sulaiman Kamara   88'

Nepal    1–3  Sierra Leone U-20
Rai   40' (pen.) Report Bah   6'
Turay   88'
Freeman   90'

Malaysia  6–0  Afghanistan
Ashaari   21', 64'
Nizaruddin   41'
Zaquan Adha   44'
Safee   85'
Hairuddin   87'
Report

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Vietnam U-22 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6 7
  Myanmar 3 2 0 1 5 5 0 6
  Mozambique U-20 3 1 0 2 3 7 –4 3
  Bangladesh 3 0 1 2 2 4 –2 1
Myanmar  1–3  Vietnam U-22
Zaw Htet Aung   44' Report Thanh Binh   3', 47'
Duc Thien   74'
Attendance: 1,200
Referee: Fredy Chukwa  

Bangladesh  0–1  Mozambique U-20
Report Jange   88'
Attendance: 3000
Referee: P. Sasidaran  

Mozambique U-20  0–4  Vietnam U-22
Report Thanh Binh   58'
Dinh Tung   63', 80'
Quang Vinh   72'

Bangladesh  0–1  Myanmar
Soe Myat Min   23'

Bangladesh  2–2  Vietnam U-22
Jahid   32'
Zahid   49'
Report Van Khai   4'
Thanh Binh   62'

Knockout stagesEdit

All times local (UTC+8)

Knockout mapEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
23 October
 
 
  Vietnam U-22 (PSO) 2 (3)
 
25 October
 
  Sierra Leone U-20 2 (2)
 
  Vietnam U-22 (PSO) 0 (6)
 
23 October
 
  Malaysia 0 (5)
 
  Malaysia 4
 
 
  Myanmar 0
 

Semi finalsEdit

Vietnam U-22  2–2 (a.e.t.)  Sierra Leone U-20
Quang Vinh   73'
Duc Thien   81'
Report Kabia   39'
Foray   68'
Penalties
Nhật Nam  
Phan Thanh Binh  
Công Huy  
Đức Thiện  
3–2   ??
  ??
  ??
  Kabia
  Lajor Bah

Malaysia  4–0  Myanmar
Indra Putra   26', 76' (pen.)
Safee   61'
Amirul Hadi   83'
Report

FinalsEdit

Vietnam U-22  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Malaysia
Report
Penalties
Nhật Nam  
Danh Ngọc  
Công Huy  
Đức Thiện  
Văn Duyệt  
Tiến Thành  
6–5   Indra Putra
  Safee
  Hardi Jaafar
  Ashaari
  Daudsu
  Norhafiz Zamani Misbah

WinnersEdit

 2008 Merdeka Tournament Winner 
 
Vietnam
1st title

GoalscorersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sathia sees the bright side of Merdeka tourney". Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Shorter Hari Raya holidays for the national players". Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Vietnam Name Merdeka Cup Squad". Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  4. ^ Malaysia demolish young Sierra Leone side to sail into the semis Archived 6 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine Thestar 18 October 2008.